In recognition of Second Chance Month, we are offering a Reentry Resources and Programs webinar opportunity. Second Chance Month was established in 2017 by the Prison Fellowship organization, and recognized by presidential proclamation in 2021. It recognizes the barriers and challenges to finding and keeping employment encountered by people who have completed their time in incarceration (jail or prison) and reentering the community. Libraries can help their patron's post-incarceration with resources and information about programs available to assist the return to community. Finding employment can be a key factor in adjusting to community life and avoiding returning to incarceration.
During this webinar, participants will learn:
• Reentry 101 – background information about incarceration and the reentry process
• Employment and social service programs available in communities and through local job centers
• Incentive programs for employers to hire people with criminal records
• LIFT Wisconsin Legal Tune-up program to review criminal records
After the webinar, participants will be provided with a set of resources to assist patrons, including a ready-made resource list for patrons created with assistance from Julie Enloe on behalf of the Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin and Carol Hassler from the Wisconsin Law Library. This program will be presented by staff members from multiple agencies.
This webinar is sponsored by the LAWDS (Libraries Activating Workforce Development Skills) Project and the Bridges, Monarch, South Central and Winnefox Library Systems.