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Workforce Development

Employment is a key part of success for reentrants returning to society after incarceration. The DOC prepares inmates to return to the workforce while encouraging employers to give reentrants a second chance.

"In general, especially if the business has made a commitment to returning citizens and their training, we found much higher levels of loyalty, lower turnover and greater sense of pride in the success of the business and their own career success." - Jeff Brown, CEO of Brown's Super Stores and a Second-Chance Employer

A graphic about why you should hire a reentrantResources

Clean Slate

Community Reentry Parole Agent Information

DOC Vocational Education Programs

DOC Vocational Programs Location Grid

DOC Vocational and Certifications Information

Employer Hiring Incentives

Healthcare Employer Guide to Hiring People with Arrests and Conviction Records

Honest Jobs

Keystone Economic Development and Workforce Command Center

Levelset Community Partner Scorecard

MoneyGeek Resource

Pennsylvania Correctional Industries Map

PA CareerLink

PA Department of Labor and Industry (Workforce)

Reimagine Reentry Brochure

Reimagine Reentry Training Course

Podcasts, News and Multimedia

Become a Second Chance Employer - A PA DOC-led Information Roundtable (March 2023)

Exiting Prison, Entering the Workforce: Panelists Make the Case for Hiring Reentrants (Feb. 2023)

DOC Podcast: Second-Chance Hiring: A Win-Win for Everyone (Jan. 2023)

Become a Second Chance Employer – Informational Roundtable (Sept. 2022)

Manufacturer and Business Association's Business Today with the MBA (May 2022)

PA Chamber of Business and Industry: Workforce Spotlight (June 2021)

SCPa Works Roundtable: Benefits of Hiring Reentrants (March 2021)

Engage! Business and Manufacturing Roundtable: Workforce Development and Hiring Options (Jan. 2021)

Pa Chamber of Business and Industry (July 2019)

Employer Testimony

"The partnership we have with the PA DOC has been phenomenal! The people at the PA DOC are truly committed to helping the population become successful, productive members of society. At Flagger Force, we are dedicated to providing people with opportunities for careers. The DOC works with us to provide job ready candidates who are excited to have a chance to demonstrate their value. We have been able to hire dozens of employees who have promoted up through our organization thanks to the help of the PA DOC. The people we have hired as part of our Workforce Development Program have been some of our most reliable, dependable and conscientious employees. We are thrilled to partner with the PA DOC and look forward to working with them for many years to come." - Jen Strobel, Vice President of Human Resources, Flagger Force