Often ex-felons wind up back in jail. Not only have they been in a contained environment for years, making it difficult to readjust to society, they are released into a world where they continue to remain outcasts. Frequently, they have little support or options for gainful employment. However, there are some ex-felon apprenticeship programs that can help ex-felons resume life outside of prison.
Winston-Salem's Project Re-entry program provides education, guidance and job support for prisoners. Prisoners take classes to learn job skills and complete a 12 week program that helps ensure that they have competent life skills when living in the real world. The program helps prisoners prepare for interviews, write resumes and find employment based on their interests and skill sets. The program is based in North Carolina, starts in the prison and continues support when the prisoner gets out of prison.
Pathway to Freedom
This Alabama-based program provides spiritual support and mentoring for ex-cons. It assists with employment opportunities, life skills, the ability to move forward and helps ex-offenders interact with society in a healthy, acceptable manner. Services begin in the prison, and completion of the program extends to support in the outside world. The program emphasizes positive, strong Christian values.
The Ohio re-entry program serves many counties and evaluates inmates to assess their needs and determine how they can best be helped. Their website has county information on resources available locally. Among the many services offered are job placement, a host of counseling services, education, spiritual assistance and family support.
In Snydersville, Pennsylvania, the Monroe County Correctional Prison offers an apprentice re-entry program that is affiliated with other similar programs throughout Pennsylvania. This allows the program to maximize resources and provide spiritual counseling, housing and assistance with employment as needed. This re-entry program requires the ex-con to be assessed and to qualify for the program. He is matched with a mentor who meets him periodically and is introduced prior to his release to ensure a good mentoring relationship.