Limited Re-Entry Resources for Ex-Offenders

Most ex-offenders re-enter the outside world with little other than perhaps $40 of gate money - no money, no housing, no credit, no transportation, no driver's license, no documents, no insurance, and no appropriate clothes for job interviews and work settings. They also have limited access to health care services.

Finding a job is doubly difficult if you're also struggling to meet your basic needs for food, shelter, and clothing. Many community-based organizations and support groups, such as Goodwill Industries, Salvation Army, churches, and other nonprofit organizations, assist ex-offenders with such basic needs.

In some communities, nonprofit groups such as Dress for Success (www.dressforsuccess.com) and Jackets for Jobs (www.jacketsforjobs.org) assist individuals who need appropriate attire for job interviews.


SOURCE: Adapted from Ron and Caryl Krannich, Ph.Ds, The Ex-Offender's Job Hunting Guide (Manassas Park, VA: Impact Publications). Copyright 2005. All rights reserved.

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