One of the challenges that people face when they leave prison is finding a job. A criminal record combined with little formal work experience can make the competition all uphill. But organizations that specialize in training and supporting people returning from prison for the workplace can make a huge difference. In fact, employers appreciate hiring a person who has been well prepared and vetted. With the generous support of the Empower Baltimore Management Corporation, OSI-Baltimore has invested in these re-entry services by awarding multi-year grants to the Living Classrooms Foundation and the Episcopal Community Services of Maryland.
The results: over the last four years, 342 Empowerment Zone residents have changed their lives—73% secured employment and 54% remained employed for at least six consecutive months. Only 6% of these residents returned to prison within three years of their release from prison, significantly below the state’s recidivism rate of 43%.
Join us in providing individuals with criminal records the opportunity to work and build a successful life.