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Pre-release workforce training for inmates

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Since January 2014, Matt Hartzell and Sharlean Briggs with Alabama Extension have partnered with Dave Drake of the Alabama Career Center System’s Tuscaloosa office to provide workforce preparedness education for nearly 300 pre-release inmates at Bibb Correctional Facility in Brent.  These quarterly presentations cover the do’s and don’ts of applying for a job, interviewing, writing resumes, communicating with potential employers, and keeping a job once employed.  Most inmates indicated on post surveys they were better prepared to seek and obtain employment upon release due to these presentations, whose long term goal is to lower the rate of recidivism, and reduce costs to taxpayers and government.