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Reentry Resources

Our combination of education and job training results in more successful reentry of previously incarcerated individuals back into their communities and the workforce. It is our mission to assist our employees in gaining marketable job skills and invaluable work experience inside our production plants. Just prior to release, we provide both current and former employees with resources specific to the county where they plan to live.

The transition from prison to the community can be challenging – not only for offenders but also for their families and the community. In addition to our reentry management plans, Maryland Correctional Enterprises (MCE) developed the C.A.R.E.S. program to assist offenders in the process of fully integrating into society following their release.

C.A.R.E.S. Program

MCE’s Continuing Allocation of Reentry Services (C.A.R.E.S.) is a reentry program for inmates nearing their release. C.A.R.E.S. has been providing reentry services for individuals preparing to reenter society since 2008. Given the complexity of the challenges faced by returning offenders, a reentry program focused on a single area may not adequately address the issues faced by this population. C.A.R.E.S. believes in a holistic approach for its graduates. The mission of this program is to reduce recidivism or the return to criminal behavior.  Although the C.A.R.E.S. program has been temporarily on hold, the next classes will be held at Maryland Correctional Institution at Hagerstown with local staff partners.

C.A.R.E.S. Program Curriculum:

  • Thinking for a Change (T4C), a 72 hour, integrated cognitive behavior change program for offenders, helping to create change in both their thinking and behavior for a reduction in re-offending.
  • Employment Readiness Workshop (ERW),  the CARES ERW has a minimum of 50 contact hours which provides students with assessments, interviewing skills, a typed self-created resume, labor market information, job searching strategies, general information and skill building in the ‘soft skills’ required in the workplace today.
  •  Financial Literacy and Credit Counseling, a partnership with Michelle Singletary, nationally syndicated financial advisor. Prosperity Partners Ministry programs and C.A.R.E.S. prepares participants for possible financial challenges that they can experience prior and post-release.
  •  Transitional Planning, participants get one on one meetings with an MCE reentry staff member to evaluate their specific situation and needs.
  •  Career Readiness: A second phase of the program where participants experience career readiness training on how to utilize soft skills towards gaining and maintaining meaningful employment release.
  • InsideOut Dad: Is a program designed to connect incarcerated fathers to their families and prepare them for release. Facilitators meet weekly with a small group of inmates and guide them through 12 core education and 4 optional reentry sessions that address fathering knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors.

 

Resources for Returning Citizens and Employers

Federal Bonding Program

http://bonds4jobs.com/

Work Opportunity Tax Credit Form

https://www.irs.gov/forms-pubs/about-form-8850  

Work Opportunity Tax Credit Program

https://www.doleta.gov/business/incentives/opptax/

Maryland Workforce Exchange

https://mwejobs.maryland.gov/vosnet/Default.aspx