There is life after incarceration.

Here are some resources and suggestions for finding employment, job training, and mentoring programs:

The National H.I.R.E. Network http://hirenetwork.org/clearinghouse,provides links to community-based organizations and government agencies that assist with job-related and legal services, tips for completing employment applications, and help understanding what an employer can and cannot review in terms of criminal history.

The U.S. Department of Labor sponsors America’s Service Locator http://www.servicelocator.org, which is a resource hub that connects individuals to employment and training opportunities available at local One-Stop Career Centers. It provides information for a wide range of services, including career development and educational opportunities.

Fair Shake https://www.fairshake.net, is an online resource center for former inmates, their families, employers, property managers, and other community members. It provides a Reentry Tool Kit with information on employment, relationships, how to deal with rejection, and more.  It also has a searchable service directory for additional resources.

Goodwill http://www.goodwill.org, is a long-standing advocate of employing ex-offenders and is almost universally easy to find. To locate one in your area, use the “Find Your Local Goodwill” section of the website. Goodwill organizations are social enterprises that fund job training, employment placement services, and other community programs by selling donated clothing and household items at their stores and online.

Substance Abuse Programs

Many non-violent offenders are imprisoned for drug offenses.  These inmates are often the first to be paroled in order to relieve prison over-crowding. Involvement in substance abuse programs is essential to help this population achieve successful reintegration.  Substance abuse can be treated and managed successfully.  The best combination for successful treatment of addiction is to combine medications with behavioral therapy. The treatment plan must be designed specifically for each person’s drug abuse patterns, any existing mental illnesses, and be in place for an adequate length of time.

Again, a solid support structure is imperative and can be found in family, friends, therapists, other people in recovery, and people in the faith community.  Here are some suggestions for finding substance abuse treatment programs:

Narcotics Anonymoushttp://m.na.org, is an international, community-based association of recovering drug addicts with more than 58,000 weekly meetings in 131 countries worldwide.

Al-Anon/Ala-Teenhttp://www.al-anon.alateen.org : a family support group.

Cocaine Anonymoushttps://www.ca.org: a recovery and support group for those addicted to cocaine.

Marijuana Anonymoushttp://www.marijuana-anonymous.org: a recovery and support group for those addicted to marijuana.

Crystal Meth Anonymoushttp://www.crystalmeth.org: a recovery and support group for those addicted to crystal meth.

The information on this page was taken from www.bandbacktogether.com an website offering resources for successful integration after incarceration.