By Dori Yamamoto-Chan, Office of Offender Services
Last May, CDCR entered into a partnership with the Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the City of Oakland to implement the Golden State Works (GSW) Initiative to provide transitional employment to parolees in Oakland through the Caltrans Litter Abatement Program.
The GSW Initiative replicates key programmatic features of the Center for Employment Opportunities model, an evidence-based program that has proven to reduce recidivism through work readiness preparation, work ethic development and job placement. The GSW program helps parolees successfully reintegrate into their communities upon release from prison. It provides, in part, employment preparation, transitional employment and permanent job placement.
The first work crew hit the highways in August. So far, a total of 45 parolees have participated in the program. There are two crews deployed. Each crew averages eight to 10 parolees who receive a daily paycheck for each day worked. The crews have been deployed 239 days and have removed 7,000 bags of litter and debris.
Thus far, five parolees have been placed into permanent employment at 30 hours a week or more. GSW is now fully staffed, and it is anticipated that the number of participants and permanent employment placements will rise substantially over the next few months.
For further information on this program, please contact Tina Hurtado at (916) 445-1155.