The ignominy of a criminal record can curb job opportunities because employers are often hesitant to hire, or even interview, ex-offenders. Fortunately, there are numerous programs within Indiana that aid an ex-offender's re-entry into society through such services as skills training, transitional employment, job referrals and placement. Indianapolis, for example, launched an ex-offender employment program in 2008 that offers businesses that retrain and hire former inmates preference points when making bids on city contracts.
Search jobs at Indianacareerconnect.com. The Indiana Department of Correction Road to Re-Entry program promotes Indiana Career Connect, the official career program for the state of Indiana. Using its interactive tools, ex-offenders can create resumes, explore training opportunities and search for jobs.
Contact Workforce Inc. Gregg Keesling, founder and president of Workforce Inc. calls his electronic scrap recycling venture a "business with a social mission.". Workforce provides job training, transitional jobs and job placement assistance to ex-offenders, with special attention to formerly incarcerated fathers. To learn more about its employment and training openings, call 317-532-1367.
Contact Public Advocates in Public Re-Entry (PACE). This nonprofit organization serves those recently released from Marion County jail, as well as their immediate families, with job training and placement. Review their services at Paceindy.org or call 317-612-6800.
Contact the Indianapolis Mayor's Office of Offender Re-Entry. This program offers a Transitional Jobs Program for ex-offenders to help them acquire job skills and full-time employment. Ex-offenders must work through their probation or parole offers for referrals to this program. For more information, call 317-644-8283.
Contact Blue Jackets Inc. This nonprofit organization serves approximately 300 former inmates a year by providing transitional jobs, training and employment leads. Based in Allen County, it also offers services to other jurisdictions in the state. Visit its website at Bluejacketinc.org or call its office at 260-744-1900.