Our Preparation

Prison administrators are interested in learning more about effective programming that will support offenders as they transition to the community. Policy makers are looking for ways to decrease recidivism. As prisons fill at an alarming rate and funding is scarce for building and operating new facilities, attention is shifting to resources that will provide the offenders with skills that will assist with successful reentry. Study results also suggest that interventions targeting self-efficacy should be studied further to investigate the link between increased career search selfefficacy and career-related behaviors such as increased career search activity. If inmates have increased self-efficacy and feel more confident about their abilities to find jobs, they may be more likely to apply for jobs and take greater risks in terms of the types of jobs for which they apply. These work behaviors, in turn, may increase inmates’ chances of obtaining work. Problem-solving ability is an important component of an effective employment preparation intervention. Targeting problem solving can assist offenders in managing the multiple challenges faced on reentry. Offenders would likely benefit from strong problem-solving skills and support to respond prosocially and effectively to challenges.

Offenders face many obstacles when they leave prison. Some of these they may have confronted before prison. But others obstacles result from the prison experience itself. Prisoners have little control over daily life, which means that they can be overwhelmed by the choices facing them after prison and unprepared to make good decisions. Further, prison removes them from the support networks they once had, support that might help them to make a successful transition into society.

Ex-offenders face a unique set of challenges when they attempt to reenter the workforce. Many companies rely on low-cost labor and are more susceptible either to the negative consequences of global competition, modest market shifts, or minimal upward pressures on wages.

There is a way to decrease crime and recidivism effectively, with an outstanding program that restores an individual's self-respect and sense of self-worth, paving the way for inmates or parolees to become productive and contributing members of society who will not return to a life of crime.