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Follow Up Q & A

Can you provide the power point slides that were presented at the event?

Absolutely! Click here for presentation.

 

Are there programs that help offenders before they participate in a re-entry program?

Yes. Prior to release, offenders have many voluntary classes that are available to them to help prepare them for their return to the community. These include but are not limited to:

• Substance Abuse Services
• Family Reintegration services
• Offender Employment Development Services
• Cognitive/Behavioral Classes
• Financial Literacy
• Dealing with Loss and trauma

 

Are there reintegration programs for young people who have been a part of the juvenile justice system or who reintegrate as young adults? Is there a need that they have that is different from adult offenders?

There are many programs that work with at-risk youth who either are already involved with the juvenile criminal justice system, orare at an increased risk for being involved at some point.

Kansas Department of Corrections provides prevention grants to juvenile community corrections programs to target local areas of need pertaining to prevention. The newly formed JJ Oversight Committee also has representation from the Department of Education.

For youth who are reintegrating from a juvenile facility (or other custody placements such as group homes),  community supervision agencies/community corrections are involved with the reintegration process. Prior to release, a reintegration packet is assembled which includes school transcripts, credentials earned at the facility, and other individual accomplishments. Upon release, there are a variety of programs available to youth/young adults including transitional housing, independent living assistance and foster care placements. Kansas Department of Corrections also offers a myriad of other services such as Functional Family Therapy, Sex Offender Community-based treatment, Multi-systemic therapy (WY/JO counties only), and YAP (youth advocate program).

For more information on area juvenlie assistance programs, please visit:
http://www.doc.ks.gov/juvenile-services
http://dss.mo.gov/dys/

 

Is there a current list of employers that hire people with criminal history?

No. Best Practices suggest that employers should hire individuals with a criminal background on a case-by-case basis depending on skill sets, criminal history and length of time since offense. For more information, please refer to the Best Practice Standards, The Proper Use of Criminal Records in Hiring booklet.

 

Who can help an employer with filling out the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) and Federal Bonding paperwork?

Missouri

Work Opportunity Tax Credit
Jennifer Cheshire
Missouri Department of Economic Development
Division of Workforce Development
Employer Relations Section
421 East Dunklin
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1087
Phone: 573-522-9581 / 800-877-8698 (Toll Free)
Fax: 573-751-9896
Email: Jennifer.Cheshire@ded.mo.gov

Federal Bonding
Lamont Brown
Missouri Department for Economic Development
Division of Workforce Development
Missouri Federal Bonding
421 East Dunklin
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1087
Phone: 573-522-8217
Email: Lamont.Brown@ded.mo.gov

Kansas

Work Opportunity Tax Credit
Ashla Stowe
Program Manager, Work Opportunity Tax Credit Program
Federal Bonding Program
Kansas Department of Commerce
1000 SW Jackson Street, Suite 100
Topeka, KS 66612-2115
Phone: (785) 296-7435
Fax: (785) 368-7108
Email: ashla.stowe@ks.gov

Federal Bonding (Johnson, Wyandotte, Leavenworth County)
Wallace Vaughn
Regional Operations Manager
Kansas Department of Commerce
9221 Quivira Rd.
Overland Park, Kansas 66215
Phone: 913-577-5929
Email: wvaughn@kansascommerce.com

 


Information needed to process bonds:

Employer Info: Company Name, Complete Address, Phone #, Contact Person, Start Date for employee, the effective date you would like the bond to start

Employee Info:  First Name, Last Name, SSN, Complete Address, Phone # (employee will need to verify their identity at the Johnson County Workforce Center)

The Federal Bonding Program is a tool to secure the job placement of ex-offenders and other high-risk applicants.  Job seekers who have in the past committed a fraudulent or dishonest act, or who have demonstrated other past behavior which casts doubt upon their credibility or honesty, often experience a special barrier to gaining employment due to their personal backgrounds.  The Federal Bonding program helps to alleviate employers’ concerns that at-risk job applicants would be untrustworthy workers by providing fidelity bonds to indemnify them for loss of money or property sustained through the dishonest acts of their employees.

There are no age limits for this program, other than the worker must meet the State’s legal age for working.  Usually the job must be for at least 30 hours per week.  Workers must be paid wages with Federal taxes automatically deducted from pay; self-employed persons cannot be covered.  The initial Fidelity bond is issued for a six-month period, with a total of $5,000 bond coverage, with no deductible amount of liability for the employer.  The bond is given to the employer free of charge.  It insures the employer for any type of stealing by theft, forgery, larceny, or embezzlement.  It does not cover liability due to poor workmanship, job injuries, or work accidents.  It is not a bail bond or court bond for the legal system.  It is not a contract bond, performance bond, or license bond sometimes needed to be self-employed.

 

Is it possible to have a collaborative effort with Trade Unions to give training or receive offender’s work experience while incarcerated as credit towards a journeyman status? Also, is it possible to pair offenders with “LOWKILL” Shelters in KC area to help with training and caring for animals?

Many institutions offer vocational training for individuals who are interested and qualify for the program. These programs give participants localized knowledge which is crucial for obtaining employment upon release.

Both Kansas and Missouri Department of Corrections operate programs that involve area animal shelters. For more information, please visit:
Puppies for Parole
Safe Harbor Prison Dogs
CARES and Lucky Dog Program