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|In conjunction with the pre-employment services provided at the Correctional Facilities One Stop Employment Center, the jail's Reentry Employment Development Endeavor (REDE) activity encompasses inmate pre-employment training in the Job Shop and the Digital Imaging Shop. In this setting, correctional officers provide soft skills training, workplace survival techniques, and assist in developing good work habits in both sentenced and unsentenced inmates. This type of training is the result of feedback from focus groups including inmates, Probation & Parole Officers, and potential ex-offender employers, all of whom stressed the importance and need for basic work habits and skills as essential for obtaining and maintaining employment placement in most industries.|
The Job Shop training is task-based, including basic assembly work and bulk mail preparation. For six hours each weekday, inmate workers operate under the same language, etiquette and performance expectation of a normal business workplace.
Workers in the Digital Imaging Shop perform imaging, indexing and archive tasks for the Department of Permitting Services, Digitizing Services. This work helps inmates to develop marketable skills and the self-confidence needed to sustain lawful post-release employment.
Having a positive work experience and understanding the associated dynamics is critical to sustaining post release lawful employment. Understanding that the structure provided by employment can be helpful in controlling destructive addictive behaviors is emphasized.
REDE tasks are conducted for local governmental agencies and local non-profit (501-C3) organization. Cost savings to these organizations is an important by-product of the program. This practice is consistent with the current restorative justice philosophy of having offenders make a contribution to the community in which their offense was committed.
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