NC East Alliance

The Untapped Talent Pool Part I: Prison Work Release Programs and the Formerly Incarcerated

Thursday, October 7th, 2021 (10:30am)


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Join us on October 7th for our first of three webinars focused on how you can fill your workforce needs by expanding your search. Part 1 of the series will cover prison work release programs, employing the formerly incarcerated and a testimonial from Penco Products discussing their success in hiring the justice involved.

In North Carolina, work release programs provide employment for 1,100 incarcerated individuals nearing release from prison. They work for businesses in the community developing skills and contacts that will help in getting a job after release. Money earned by the incarcerated helps defray the costs of their imprisonment, pays restitution to victims and helps support their family. And each year more than 22,000 people are released from North Carolina's state prison system. Many of these formerly incarcerated people will look for employment opportunities. Learn how your manufacturing company can enjoy success employing individuals on work release, as well as those no longer in prison.


Sarah Bernart, Existing Industry Expansions Manager, Northeast Region, Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina

Victor Hinnant, Regional Reentry Specialist, N.C. Department of Commerce (Victor Slides)

LaKeshia Jones, Director of Community Work Programs, Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice, North Carolina Department of Public Safety (LaKeshia Slides)

Tom Kulikowski, CEO, Penco Products (Penco hiring decision matrix)


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