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    Since 2007, the Ohio Workforce Coalition has been bringing together leaders from education and training institutions, economic and workforce development organizations, business and industry, labor, and human service providers. The Coalition promotes public policies that build the skills of adult workers, meet employer skill needs, and strengthen the workforce system to ensure opportunity and prosperity for Ohio families.

New Opportunities for Learning and the Advancement of the TJ Field

National Transitional Jobs Network
October 22, 2010
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The Transitional Jobs Reentry Demonstration (TJRD), developed by the Joyce Foundation and conducted by MDRC with research partners, is a random assignment study of four programs in Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, and St. Paul providing Transitional Jobs to people reentering their communities from prison.Newly released year one findings provide valuable lessons for helping our growing TJ field set its course for this new decade of work. A new brief by the NTJN, Advancing the Field of Transitional Jobs, includes a summary of findings, lessons learned, and strategies for moving the TJ field forward.

Key findings include confirmation that people reentering communities from prison want to work as shown by high TJ participation rates; encouraging evidence suggesting that retention bonuses may positively affect job retention; large increases in employment attributable to TJ participation which faded over time; no consistent impacts on recidivism, and ethnographic documentation that TJ provides a period of income and stability in the otherwise chaotic time following prison release. More information on TJRD study is available from MDRC and The Joyce Foundation.

The NTJN would like to express appreciation for The Joyce Foundation and the research team for their leadership and thoughtfulness, and to sincerely thank the four TJ providers for their willingness to participate in a level of highly rigorous research, opening themselves up to the intensity of random assignment and program scrutiny, in order to help the field learn how to better support people exiting prison. Their dedication reflects the commitment of the Transitional Jobs field to testing the best ways to provide employment opportunities to people who have struggled to find or keep a job.

Transitional Jobs, by providing work experience, training opportunities, supportive services, and immediate, stabilizing earned income to people who would not otherwise be working, remains an important and promising strategy for addressing prisoner reentry. We look forward to partnering with you in advancing this critical work in the months to come, and advancing the national dialogue on creating employment solutions for the nation’s most disadvantaged job seekers.

– The NTJN Team

We encourage TJ providers and other stakeholders to share your thoughts about the study and successful strategies for evolving and advancing the TJ model here. Please weigh in! (registration required)

|| Key Lessons From the TJRD Findings ||
|| Advancing the Field of Transitional Jobs ||
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|| Inclusion Through Employment 2010 Conference – Washington DC ||Attorney General Video

October 7-8, the NTJN partnered with the European Employment Offender Forum in an international conference event Inclusion through Employment: U.S. and EU Policies for Prisoner Reentry in Washington DC. U.S. and EU experts shared experiences about promising policies, practices and strategies for prisoner re-entry, including numerous presentations from Transitional Jobs program iterations across the country.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was the Keynote Speaker at the event. Watch the video or read the transcript.

For more information on the Conference and additional presentation materials, please visit our website.

|| Update: Emergency Fund and New Research on PITW Program ||Members of Congress and advocates continue to seek ways to extend the TANF Emergency Fund. Opportunities for action may present themselves in November. The NTJN will keep you updated on these developments and provide opportunities to take action. If you have any questions or would like to take a lead role in advocacy efforts in your state, please do not hesitate to reach out to NTJN staff at ntjn.

A new report on the use of these funds for subsidized jobs was released by the Social IMPACT Research Center at Heartland Alliance. The early report on the evaluation of the Put Illinois To Work (PITW) program – a subsidized employment program that put over 27,000 people to work since April, 2010 sheds light on the hardship faced by businesses and disadvantaged workers in the recession and indicates that PITW has been vital in relieving the stressors of the recession for both groups. Subsequent reports will present a fuller picture of outcomes, explore lessons learned from implementation, and assess in much greater detail the impact of the program on the lives of the workers and on the stability and viability of Illinois businesses.

The NTJN is made possible by the generous support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, The Joyce Foundation, and members.facebook logo ntjnTwitterYouTube


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