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If you are looking for employment assistance for felons, check out the
Doe Fund, Army Moral Waiver Program, and even state employment
Employment assistance for felons is very necessary, as statistics
point out that more than 60% felons released from prison are
rearrested. Not getting gainful employment is one of the factors
contributing to this high percentage. Although there are certain
industries, like the restaurant sector, which provides opportunities
to ex-felons, one industry is hardly the solution. With the recent
economic crisis, it has become especially hard for felons to get
an opportunity to rehabilitate themselves back into mainstream
society. Even felons with good education and special skills are
finding it difficult to get gainful employment. The administration
has several programs that extend credit to employers who
offer work opportunities for convicted felons. Several non-profit
organizations and church charities also provide employment
assistance for convicted felons who are looking for opportunities
to redeem themselves.
There are some agencies that provide employment assistance
for felons and try to get them jobs ranging from being a driver
to working in the armed forces. If you see the statistics of the
60% felons re-arrested, over 50% are re-incarcerated. To avoid
being part of this statistic, approach as many employers as you
can, because getting a job is one of the best ways to get back
into society.
One of the best avenues for jobs for ex-felons are the armed forces.
The armed forces have a moral waiver program under which they
hire people with a checkered past. Under this program, they offer
different types of jobs to accommodate felons with varied skill sets.
The army offers jobs in construction, maintenance, driving positions,
and even hire for office staff positions. Many ex-cons have rehabilitated
themselves with assistance from the moral waiver program.
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is one of the many programs
to encourage employers to offer jobs for convicted felons. Under this
program, the administration offers tax credit to employers who hire
felons. This is a great initiative by the government to encourage
businesses to provide jobs for this ignored workforce. The government
offers up to $2,400.00 (US Dollars) in the form of federal tax credits
for hiring felons.
In an effort to address the concern of businesses offering jobs for felons,
the government started the federal bonding program. One of the primary
concerns that businesses have when hiring felons is theft or damage.
Under the bonding program, the government offers fidelity bonds to
companies that hire felons. These bonds offer insurance to employers
for the first six months on hiring a felon in the organization. This US
Department of Labor project is helping ex-cons get back on their feet
and support themselves.
The HIRE network is one of the best options for convicted felons looking
for gainful employment and support outside prison. You can check the
HIRE network website for opportunities and resources in your area.
One more resource that is available on the Internet is the DOE fund
website, which also offers assistance to people with a criminal background.
The website not only offers information regarding employment, but also
helps those with substance abuse problems and with other barriers
to gainful employment.
You can also check out the Salvation Army, Christian missionaries, and
employment agencies for felons on the Internet, as these too offer help
to those who are seeking to redeem themselves. There are opportunities
for felons who have patience and are willing to put in some hard work.
By Indrajit Deshmukh Published: February 7, 2011
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