Why Hire a Formerly Incarcerated Individual?

All organizations whether they are private businesses or non-profits all want the same characteristics in their employees. They want them to be motivated, possess the skills needed to produce products, come to work on time each day, follow instructions, are eager to learn and who are enthusiastic about their employer.

Returning citizens possess all of the above mentioned traits and are looking for employers to offer them the opportunity to prove themselves as dedicated workers.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter is committed to helping these individuals and assisting the businesses and non-profits that offer them chances to prove themselves. The City of Philadelphia wants to partner with the private and non-profit sectors to make the process of hiring these dedicated individuals as easy as possible.

The Mayor’s Office of Reintegration Services (RISE) is the lead agency in the City for the management of reintegration services for returning citizens back into society. Each year thousands of people are released from state, local and federal detention centers back into Philadelphia, making the successful reintegration of returning citizens (juvenile and adult) the single most important workforce and public safety issue of our region. Two-thirds of these will commit new crimes and return to prison within 3 years without serious intervention. This creates a cycle of release and recidivism that is both devastating and costly to the city’s economic growth, community and government resources.

Any individual who contacts RISE seeking services is likely motivated. They want to break the revolving door of recidivism and remake their lives to become productive members of society. At RISE, they are assessed, and it is determined which of the partners can help them take that first step toward employment. RISE’s partners range from transitional work organizations, placement agencies, job training centers, life coaches and others.

The job training and placement organizations working with RISE help interested employers get what they need and save them time and money in the hiring process. To do this they take the time to find out first what employers’ needs are, provide resume writing and interview coaching prior to sending an individual out on an interview. Once a hire occurs, RISE  continues to work with employers to ensure employee maintains the highest work ethic. If an employer or employee encounters any problems or concerns, RISE is there to assist in finding a solution.

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