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Jails to Jobs: Seven Steps to Becoming Employed Paperback – July 1, 2014
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"I hope every jail and prison makes this book readily available in its library, and every probation and parole officer makes it required reading for their clients who cannot secure employment. "
- Cheri Maples, Former Assistant Attorney General, Wisconsin Dept. of Justice; Former Head of Probation and Parole, Wisconsin Dept. of Corrections
- Earl A. Smith, Former Chaplain, San Quentin State Prison
From the Author
This book was inspired by my work with Jails to Jobs, Inc., a San Francisco Bay Area based nonprofit that is part of the Global Homeboy Network and dedicated to equipping previously incarcerated and formerly gang-involved individuals with the tools and resources they need to find employment and successfully re-enter the workforce.
Our newest venture is in the area of tattoo removal, as anti-social and gang-related tattoos are the ultimate "job stoppers." We maintain a directory of more than 250 free and low-cost tattoo removal programs in 43 states on our website and have created a how-to guide and outreach program that teaches doctors, clinics, hospitals and tattoo removal specialists how to create a free or low-cost community-based program to perform tattoo removals.
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"Jails to Jobs: Seven Steps to Becoming Employed" is realistic about how hard it is for formerly incarcerated individuals to get hired, and it’s encouraging in showing that hurdles are not insurmountable. It’s a treasure chest of practical advice, ideas, models, ways to frame difficult issues, and many, many resources. Its tone is that of an experienced, helpful friend who says “This is how you get a good job. You can do this. Here are steps to follow. Let’s start the process.”
I think this book would also be invaluable for young people seeking their first real job, or for those who may have been working for years but need to find a new job. Because it doesn’t assume the job-seeker has a college education or easy avenues to employment, its advice and resources start with basics and go from there. Reading it, I learned of many helpful programs, agencies, and organizations that I had never heard of!
"Jails to Jobs: Seven Steps to Becoming Employed" is readable, understandable, and enormously helpful. I’ll be telling others about it and donating copies to the library of the jail where I currently volunteer. If our prisons and jails gave a copy of this book to every employment-motivated individual they release, the money would be well spent!