DAPO, community partners help ex-offenders find permanent employment

 

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By Douglas Broome, Parole Agent (PA) III
Photos by Jennifer Barnes, PAII, and Velda Clark, PAI

To ensure success beyond parole, the Alameda and Compton Parole Complexes continue to focus their efforts in assisting the Long Term and Female Offenders in their journey to find permanent employment.

On Oct. 13, the Alameda and Compton Parole Complexes, in partnership with the Vernon-Central Work Source Center and Friends Outside, hosted their second job fair for Long Term and Female Offenders. The event, which was held at Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC), is a continued effort by the Division of Adult Parole Operations (DAPO) and community stakeholders to assist offenders who are in need of employment to be matched with employers who have immediate job vacancies.

LATTC President Larry Frank, LA Mayor’s Office of Reentry Kimberly Guillemet, and Director of DAPO Guillermo Viera Rosa addressed an audience of 203 parolees and 30 employers in a concerted effort to assist Long Term and Female Offenders to receive job training and permanent employment, now and beyond parole. District Administrator Vincent Thompson recognized the members of the committee for their planning and coordination to assist the parolees to obtain employment.

The goal is ultimately achieved through referrals to programs and/or services that focus on education, job development and readiness, life skills, money management and counseling.

All participants were strongly encouraged to dress in business attire and have a current resume. Prior to the job fair, LATTC held several pre-job fair days, which assisted ex-offenders with resume writing and interview preparation; provided haircuts and cosmetology services; and through donations from Men’s Warehouse and Dress for Success, ex-offenders were outfitted with appropriate business attire to assist with the venture.

U.S. Rep. Karen Bass acknowledged the committee members for their outstanding and invaluable service to the community in their efforts to help ex-offenders get a second chance to start anew. Additionally, Los Angeles County Supervisors Hilda L. Solis and Mark Ridley-Thomas commended the Southern Parole Regions Alameda and Compton Parole Complexes for its efforts in reducing recidivism through assisting ex-offenders in securing permanent employment.

The job fair showcased the following job sectors: Housekeeping, Janitorial, Warehouse, Customer Service, Food Service, Receiving Hospitality, Landscaping, and Transportation. Farmer John’s, who participated, had 50 job vacancies on the day of the event. That day several ex-offenders received employment opportunities and were immediately hired. Many more were scheduled for interviews with potential employers.

These efforts ensure success beyond parole, according to organizers.

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1 Response

  1. Elliott Dowell Tuesday, November 22, 2016 / 12:12 pm

    This is a very good program. Most inmates that parole don’t have much confidence about what to do once they are released from prison. Of course, they made the (choice) error to break the law. Everyone has their own individual story. Once they have paid their debt to society, where do they go from prison. Their choices are somewhat limited. Do they live in a shelter? How will they eat? Who will give them a job? With such limited choices and resources, they may offend again and return to prison. I would like to know more about this program. I have a friend who became a victim to drug addition and it resulted in his incarceration for about 8 years. After his release, he was homeless for 8 years. His affiliation with a local shelter helped him to acquire single occupancy living and temp. SSI benefits. His temporary SSI benefits recently ended and now he has to find a job. Can you provide me with information that will be of assistance to him.

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