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Work means an opportunity to provide hope and success to newly
released federal prisoners. Employers are invited to create this
opportunity by helping an individual to become a productive citizen. Two programs, the UNICOR Federal Bonding Program and the Work Opportunity Tax Credit, are available to assist employers in meeting this goal. Among the benefits of employing ex-offenders are:
Service to the public: Help a person become a tax paying citizen
who contributes to the community. By changing lives with work
opportunities you give someone a chance to share in the American
Skilled employees: Most ex-offenders have completed programs
designed to make them successful in the "world of work." Many
have had employment and training in UNICOR (Federal Prison Industries),
and in up-to-date occupational training programs. Some have valuable
skills and can fill jobs for which skilled workers are hard to
Bonding Program: Some states offer a free service that gives
individual fidelity bonds to employers for job applicants with
a conviction record.
Work Opportunity Tax Credit: Gives an immediate contribution
to your "bottom line" by providing some employers a federal tax
credit for hiring an ex-offender. service that gives individual
Job Training Partnership Act: Can reimburse some training
wages. Additional services provided vary by state. Many are willing
to start in minimum wage jobs that offer a future.
Local Employment Service offices have current information on Bonding,
Work Opportunity Tax Credit, and the Job Training Partnership