There are many different kinds of materials that can help ex-offenders find work. The U.S. Department of Labor produces the Occupational Outlook Handbook which is published every two years by the Bureau of labor Statistics. It presents information about the nature of the work, working conditions, employment, training requirements, job outlook, earnings, and places to find more information. The Employment and Training Administration publishes Tips for Finding the Right Job that may make the job search easier. These books are available in most public libraries, or contact the:
Employment and Training Administration
U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Ave., NE
Washington, DC 20002-0730
The organizations listed below offer the free catalogues of publications that include employment information for ex-offenders.
Offender Preparation and Education Network, Inc.
Ned Rollo, Executive Director
P.O. Box 566025
Dallas, TX 75356-6025
This publishing house develops educational materials for offenders and their families and for criminal justice agents. They publish an employment manual, Man, I Need a Job (English and Spanish) for $5.95
Hazelden Educational Materials
15251 Pleasant Valley Rd.
P.O. Box 176
Center City, MN 55012
The Safer Foundation
571 West Jackson St.
Chicago, IL 60661
616 Walnut Ave.
Scottsdale, PA 15683
The National Prison Project of the ACLU
(American Civil Liberties Union)
1875 Connecticut Ave., NW, Suite 410
Washington, DC 2009
The Prisoners' Assistance Directory identifies and describes various organizations and agencies that provide assistance to prisoners. Lists national, state, and local organizations and sources of assistance including legal, AIDS, family support, and ex-offender aid. 10th Edition Published August 1996. Paperback $30 prepaid from NPP
National Prison Project Journal - $30 a year. $2 a year to prisoners behind the wire and behind the wall...
Bibliography of Material on Women in Prison lists information on this subject availabe from the national Prison Project and other sources concerning health care, drug treatment, incaracerated mothers, juveniles, legislation, parole, the death penalty, sex discrimination, race and more. 35 pages $5 prepaid from NPP
A Primer for Jail Litigators detailed manual with practical suggstions for jail litigations. Includes chapter on legal analysis, use of expert witnesses, class actions, attorneys' fees, enforcement, defenses' proof. 1st Edition. February 1984. 180 pages (Note: This is not a "jailhouse lawyers" manual.) $20 prepaid from NPP.
Additional Publications from Other Presses:
Post-Release Assistance Programs for Prisoners: A National Directory By: Anthony J. Bosoni - 176 pages ISBN 0-7864-0025-0 $34.50 1995 2nd Edition or call McFarland Publishing Company 800-253-2187 directed at parolees and those working with them, lists agencies and private assistance organizations. Organized by state, lists agencies that provide housing, and emergency shelter, employment referrals, job training, food, clothing, and counseling services. Each entry provides agency name, location, phone number, and services offered. Separate sections list organizations specifically targeted at women and those aimed at veterans.
The Ex-Inmates Complete Guide to Successful Employment By: Errol Craig Sull, 400 pages
370 Franklin St. Buffalo, NY 14202 Telephone: 716-882-3456 Covers aspects of the job search for the inamte soon-to-be-released or newly released ex-inmate. Special emphasis on problems encountered by the inmate and ex-inmate in his or her career search.
From Freedom to Felon Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc. 1224 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005 Telephone: 202-628-2700 (Internet: www.vva.org) VVA published a free guidebook for incarcerated veterans which details information on loss of benefits on incarceration, government programs and assistance after release, and restoration of benefits.
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