Ex-Offender Resources In Florida

EX-OFFENDER’S RESOURCES IN FLORIDA

Inmate Post-Release Assistance

Also, check local county help centers, i.e., Vocational Rehabilitation, Salvation Army, etc.

Some of the following is pre-release, which I did not edit out.

http://www.hirenetwork.org/admin/clearinghouse.php?state_id=FL

I. Agency for Workforce Innovation

Contact: Caldwell Bldg.,

Suite 100

107 E. Madison St.

Tallahassee, FL 32399

850-245-7105

850-921-3223 fax

Web Site: www.floridajobs.org/Default.htm

Information about State Department of Labor resources may be of interest to: • potential employers looking for incentives to hire individuals with criminal histories; • service providers and individuals with criminal histories who are looking for assistance in finding employment; and • researchers and policy makers looking at current programs to ascertain what programs are effective and serve their intended purpose.

A. Federal Bonding Program The Federal Bonding Program provides fidelity bonding insurance coverage to individuals with criminal histories and other high-risk job applicants who are qualified, but fail to get jobs because regular commercial bonding is denied due to their backgrounds.

Contact: Reuben Patrick,

Bonding Services Coordinator Agency for Workforce Innovation

Caldwell Bldg.,

Suite 229

107 E. Madison St.

Tallahassee, FL 32399

850-245-7490

850-488-1647 fax

B. Tax Credits The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a federal tax credit to reduce the federal tax liability of private for profit employers to be used as an incentive for employers to hire individuals from eight different targeted groups: TANF recipients, veterans, ex-felons, high risk youth, summer youth, Food Stamp recipients, SSI recipients, and vocational rehabilitation referrals.

Contact: Chuck Birchfield,

WOTC Coordinator Agency for Workforce Innovation

WOTC/Workforce Programs Caldwell Bldg.

107 E. Madison St. Tallahassee, FL 32399

850-921-3299

850-921-3120 fax

E-Mail: chuck.birchfield@awi.state.fl.us

C. Unemployment Insurance Office Unemployment compensation is a social insurance program designed to provide benefits to most individuals out of work, generally through no fault of their own, for periods between jobs. In order to be eligible for benefits, jobless workers must demonstrate that they have worked, usually measured by amount of wages and/or weeks of work, and must be able and available for work.

The unemployment compensation program is based upon federal law, but administered by states under state law.

Unemployment compensation program in Florida is administered by the Agency for Workforce Innovation (AWI). Information concerning unemployment compensation, and complete applications are available on the Internet, using the unemployment/re-employment link, or at any One Stop Employment Center.

Contact: Tom Clenndening,

Process Manager

Unemployment Compensation Program

Agency for Workforce Innovation

Caldwell Bldg.,

Suite 200

107 Madison St.

Tallahassee, FL 32399

850-245-7488

850-921-3223 fax

Web Site: www.myflorida.com

II. Criminal Record Repository This is the agency individuals may contact to obtain a copy of their state rap sheet and learn about the process of sealing, expunging or cleaning it up. The criminal record repository can also tell the individual who else is legally entitled to have access to his or her record.

A written request, completed fingerprint card and a $39 fee, payable to the “Florida Department of Law Enforcement,” must be submitted.

Contact: Florida Department of Law Enforcement

USA/Public Records

P.O. Box 1489

Tallahassee, FL 32302

850-410-8019

E-Mail: background@fdle.state.fl.us

Web Site: www.fdle.state.fl.us/CriminalHistory

III. State Attorney General Employers and service providers may obtain information from the state attorney general regarding occupational bars, the licensing of individuals with criminal records in certain jobs, and whether the state has laws that limit what employers may ask job applicants or protections against employment discrimination based on a criminal record.

Contact: Charlie Crist,

Attorney General

The Capitol, PL 01

Tallahassee, FL 32399

850-487-1963

Web Site: http://legal.firn.edu

IV. State Department of Corrections

Prison Industry Program

Prison Rehabilitative Industries and Diversified Enterprises (PRIDE) is a state authorized, not-for-profit manufacturing and services corporation that manages and operates the state’s correctional industries. Inmates may be trained in any of 55 different industries.

Market studies determine which products are manufactured. Prevailing market wages are paid to inmate workers if items produced are sold to wholesaleres for retail resale. Much of the money paid to inmate workers is returned to the state in the form of room and board costs, victim restitution, crime compensation, as well as inmate transition and support services.

PRIDE provides job readiness skills prior to release. When inmate workers are released PRIDE, through its Labor Line Division, offers job placement in private industry. Labor Line is a division of PRIDE that provides transitional support.

Contact: Greg Hackley

PRIDE Enterprises

12425 – 28th St. North St.

Petersburg, FL 33716

727-572-1987

727-570-3366 fax

E-Mail: ghackley@pride-enterprises.com

Web Site: www.pridefl.com

Work Release There are 26 work release facilities in Florida. To be eligible for work release, an offender must meet the following criteria: (1) be in custody at least 90 days; (2) have no disciplinary reports for the previous 90 days; (3) be at community custody security level; and (4) have only 7 to 18 months remaining on his/her sentence. Work release participants leave the facilities for work during the day and return to the facility during non-working hours.

Contact: Terri Gilliam,

Bureau of Transitional Service

Florida Department of Corrections

2601 Blair Stone Rd.

Tallahassee, FL 32399

850-410-4145

850-410-2500 fax

E-Mail: gilliam.teresa@mail.dc.state.fl.us

Pre-Release The pre-release program is 100 hours in duration. As of December 2002 the course will be mandatory for all offenders being released from Florida prisons. Approximately 26,000 to 28,000 offenders are released yearly. The state currently operates a program developed by Daytona Beach Community College. The program teaches employability skills, value clarification, interview skills and general life skills. Offenders who do not have jobs are referred to One Stop Career Centers.

Contact: Terri Gilliam,

Bureau of Transitional Services

Florida Department of Corrections

2601 Blair Stone Rd.

Tallahassee, FL 32399

850-410-4145

850-410-2500 fax

E-Mail: gilliam.teresa@mail.dc.state.fl.us

Post Release Transitional Program Post Release Transitional assistance provides substance abuse counseling and housing for recently released offenders if the former offender has need of such as determined by the parole department. Floria has contracted with faith-based organizations to provide post-release housing for up to 90 days. The state also provides Transitional Assistant Specialists to assist recently released offenders in their transition back into the community.

Contact: Terri Gilliam,

Bureau of Transitional Services

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