Marion County Re-Entry Coalition

  • Economic Mobility

Website
http://marioncountyre-entrycoalition.ning.com

Primary Contact
Lena Hackett
President, Community Solutions
Contact via email

Mission statement

The Marion County Re-entry Coalition is a coalition of organizations who serve people re-entering the community after incarceration that works to redesign the system and create opportunities for community- and faith-based providers, as well as criminal justice agencies, to align their resources, work in collaboration and share best practices, experiences and resources in an effort to enhance services for re-entrants in Indianapolis.

Actions

Marion County Re-Entry Coalition is working on the following actions:

Economic Mobility

Strategy

Increase our community's capacity to provide supportive services and employment (including transitional jobs) leading to long-term economic and social stability for residents who face employment barriers due to involvement with the criminal justice system.

Action

Identify effective best practices in wrap-around services and their core components which support ex-offenders in securing employment and/or engaging in transitional jobs

Start Date:

October 1, 2015

Completion Date:

December 31, 2016

Progress

50%

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Status on October 27, 2016
The Education and Employment Work Group of the MRCR have identified best practices and core components in Transitional Jobs. They are currently working to develop a network of providers who offer a core component(s) and build a network so that they can offer their programs in collaboration and effectively create a Transitional Job program.
Economic Mobility

Strategy

Increase our community's capacity to provide supportive services and employment (including transitional jobs) leading to long-term economic and social stability for residents who face employment barriers due to involvement with the criminal justice system.

Action

Quantify target increase of employment and transitional job placements with service providers implementing best practices

Start Date:

April 1, 2016

Completion Date:

December 31, 2020

Progress

0%

Economic Mobility

Strategy

Increase our community's capacity to provide supportive services and employment (including transitional jobs) leading to long-term economic and social stability for residents who face employment barriers due to involvement with the criminal justice system.

Action

Identify and work with public and philanthropic funding sources to secure funding needed to increase number of evidence based employment and transitional job placements

Start Date:

September 1, 2015

Completion Date:

December 31, 2020

Progress

25%

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Status on October 27, 2016
In partnership with the Mayor’s Office have convened public (City of Indianapolis, EmployIndy) and private partners (Central Indiana Community Foundation) to identify opportunities to expand funding to Transitional Jobs. EmployIndy is now able to allocate up to 10% of their WIOA funds for Transitional Jobs and MCRC will be working with them to create a system for that. 2016 Crime Prevention Grant funds supported both RecycleForce and Goodwill Industries’ programs.
Economic Mobility

Strategy

Increase our community's capacity to provide supportive services and employment (including transitional jobs) leading to long-term economic and social stability for residents who face employment barriers due to involvement with the criminal justice system.

Action

Identify and ensure delivery of high quality technical assistance needed to support organizations adding employment and/or transitional job placements

Start Date:

July 1, 2016

Completion Date:

December 31, 2020

Progress

0%

Economic Mobility

Strategy

Increase our community's capacity to provide supportive services and employment (including transitional jobs) leading to long-term economic and social stability for residents who face employment barriers due to involvement with the criminal justice system.

Action

Monitor outcomes in order to improve ongoing availability of increased employment and/or transitional job placements

Start Date:

April 1, 2015

Completion Date:

December 31, 2020

Progress

20%

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Status on October 27, 2016
The MCRC has established outcome indicators for each of the work groups. The Employment Work Group tracks placements and retention in employment in general and transitional jobs specifically.
Economic Mobility

Strategy

Increase our community's capacity to provide supportive services and employment (including transitional jobs) leading to long-term economic and social stability for residents who face employment barriers due to involvement with the criminal justice system.

Action

Develop jobs pipeline with employers who have agreed to give priority in interviewing clients of the employment training and/or transitional jobs programs

Start Date:

March 1, 2016

Completion Date:

December 31, 2020

Progress

10%

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Status on October 27, 2016
The MCRC is in conversation with the City of Indianapolis regarding connecting businesses/employers who are seeking support/incentives from the City with a Transitional Jobs provider who can respond to their employment needs. This conversation is also in process with the City County Council’s Metropolitan Development Committee.
Economic Mobility

Strategy

Increase our community's capacity to provide supportive services and employment (including transitional jobs) leading to long-term economic and social stability for residents who face employment barriers due to involvement with the criminal justice system.

Action

Convene decision makers in the judiciary and state and county agencies administrating probation, parole, and community corrections to identify and implement changes in procedures and staffing to reduce barriers for ex-offenders to meet court appearances and probation and parole obligations outside of their working hours

Start Date:

June 1, 2015

Completion Date:

December 31, 2020

Progress

30%

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Status on October 27, 2016
The System Redesign work group of the MCRC has been working with criminal justice partners to provide for drug testing that can happen at the work site, expansion of office hours into the evening to accommodate people who work during the day.
Economic Mobility

Strategy

Increase our community's capacity to provide supportive services and employment (including transitional jobs) leading to long-term economic and social stability for residents who face employment barriers due to involvement with the criminal justice system.

Action

Create an accountability framework for ensuring that all City and County agencies consistently implement the “ban the box” ordinance internally and with their contractors and support implementation in the private sector

Start Date:

October 1, 2015

Completion Date:

December 31, 2020

Progress

15%

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Status on October 27, 2016
The MCRC is working with the City of Indianapolis, Office of Public Health and Safety to create a system for checking compliance with the ordinance. Conversation is in progress regarding expansion of Ban the Box obligations to companies that receive tax incentives or other city benefits for development or expansion of their businesses.