Saturday, August 16, 2008

City of Chicago Ex-Offender Reentry Initiatives

Illinois has seen its prison population soar in the last 35 years. In the last 30 years, the Illinois prison population has increased by more than 500 percent. Meanwhile, Illinois has seen its prison exits rise as well. The number of people released from Illinois state prisons from 2000 to 2003 has increased more than 22 percent. More than 50 percent of prisoners released from all Illinois prisons in 2006 returned to the City of Chicago. With thousands of formerly incarcerated individuals returning to Chicago, prisoner reentry has become an important subject. Chicago offers a thorough and comprehensive prisoner reentry initiative. The following information is available for individuals with a criminal background who have served their sentence and need a second chance.

City of Chicago Department and Sister Agency Programs
· Department of Environment & Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development – Collection and Recycling Center on Goose Island
· Department of Environment – Greencorps Chicago
· Department of Fleet Management – Automotive Repair
· Department of Revenue – Call Center Operations and Debt Collection
· Department of Streets and Sanitation – Neighborhood Beautification and Recycling
· Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development – Customized Work Services Program
· Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development – Social Enterprise Ventures Programs Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development – Transitional Jobs Program