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Posted On: 4/21/2016

Cuyahoga County Launches Comprehensive Reentry Services at Euclid Jail

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Donisha Greene, (216) 443-7075; or dgreene@cuyahogacounty.us

April 21, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CLEVELAND – Underscoring his commitment to job growth and opportunity, Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish announced a new program in the Euclid jail called Comprehensive Reentry Services.

“When we talk about workforce, too often one group is entirely forgotten: those with a criminal record who are looking to re-enter society”, said County Executive Budish. “We are training inmates at the Euclid jail in culinary services so that they can pursue a career after they are released. We need to give those who want it a chance to make a change.”

Comprehensive Reentry Services is a voluntary pre and post release employment and job readiness program for male adult individuals serving court sentences with the County jail and housed at the Euclid facility. Individuals who meet the criteria for participation in the program must engage in all aspects of working on their employment plan while at the Euclid County Jail.

“The program is focused on creating an environment of learning and hope for those that want to move forward in a positive manner”, said Ken Mills, Director of Regional Corrections. “The comprehensive approach addresses the challenges associated with a successful reintegration into society, such as job skills, substance abuse, and education. It is our charge to return offenders better prepared than when they entered our care.”

Partly funded from the U.S. Department of Labor grant; Comprehensive Reentry Services is a collaborative partnership that includes Cuyahoga County Corrections, OhioMeansJobs|Cleveland-Cuyahoga County, and Cuyahoga County Office of Reentry and Edwin’s Leadership and Institute.

Euclid service providers are Towards Employment (Pre and Post release job readiness and employment service), Recovery Resources (Intensive Outpatient Program and Thinking for a Change) and Project Learn (ABLE and GED services). Services to be provided pre-release at the Euclid facility include:

  • Employment Assessment
  • Individual Success Plan
  • Career Exploration
  • Job Readiness Skills Training
  • ABLE/GED classes
  • Behavioral Health/Substance Abuse Counseling Services
  • Thinking for a Change workshops (cognitive choices, social skills, and problem solving)
  • Culinary Arts Training

Post release, previous offenders will continue to receive ongoing services including job readiness training, job placement and retention, case management as well as additional supportive services to help them successfully reenter the community and find employment.

To be eligible, inmates must be convicted as an adult and imprisoned under the municipal, county, Federal, or state law but have not been convicted of a sexual offense other than prostitution; and have enough time remaining on the sentence to complete the program.