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Palagi_girl 01-28-2008 09:55 PM

Employment in Northern CA for Ex-Felons?
What types of jobs are there in Northern Cali for ex-felons? Does anyone have any referrals or links? My husband would like to open his own shop so he can be his own boss and not have to worry about all the BS and info on becoming self-employed?

kima 01-28-2008 10:26 PM

Here's a few things you could look into from the following link)

This should be a good incentive to hire ex-cons!

Any employer who hires an “ex-offender” may be eligible for a state tax credit. The credit given is equal to the sum of each of the following:

(1) 50% of qualified wages in the first year of employment.
(2) 40% of qualified wages in the second year of employment.
(3) 30% of qualified wages in the third year of employment.
(4) 20% of qualified wages in the fourth year of employment.
(5) 10% of qualified wages in the fifth year of employment.

Additional Contact: California Employment Development Department

A. Federal Bonding Program
The Federal Bonding Program provides fidelity bonding insurance coverage to individuals with criminal histories and other high-risk job applicants who are qualified, but fail to get jobs because regular commercial bonding is denied due to their backgrounds.
Job Services Division
California Employment Development Department
800 Capitol Mall, MIC 83
Sacramento, CA 95814

IV. State Department of Corrections

Work Release Program A work release/furlough program is available to most inmates in the California Department of Corrections’ system. Inmates who have been convicted of sex offenses, violent offenses, and high-level drug offenses are not eligible. Eligible participants must be 12 - 16 months away from release on parole. Participants are permitted out of the facility during the day for paid work experiences, but must return to a minimum security facility at night.

Pre-Release Program
Each California Department of Corrections (CDC) facility maintains its own pre-release center. The curriculum of each pre-release center is determined by each facility. The program runs for three weeks and attendance is not mandatory, except for those individuals with convictions involving anger management. Each facility assists inmates with resume development, job readiness, and obtaining a Department of Motor Vehicles identification card and Social Security card.
California Department of Corrections
1515 South Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
916-327-3339; 916-816-3284 pager

Parole Division
The California Department of Corrections (CDC) supervises the re-entry of all parolees. There are 32 re-entry or transitional centers throughout California. Most are operated by public or private agencies under contract to the CDC. The Parole Division (“Parole”) monitors these facilities. A pilot program is being offered by Parole at five of the transitional centers. If a parolee is job ready, s/he is referred to the Employment Development Department office, which is located at the parole office. The second component of the new program is called Jobs Plus. A parolee is placed in this program when s/he is not quite ready for employment and needs additional preparation for work (e.g, training and job coaching). The third arm of the program is Offender Employment Continuum (OEC). This portion of the program is for job ready individuals and consists of a 40-hour workshop for employment. There is a 180-day follow-up by the private contractor, in many instances a local community college, that provides the workshop training. The Division of Parole also maintains Residential Multi-Service Centers (RMSC) for those parolees who are at risk of becoming or are homeless. There are 228 beds available. Residents of RMSC receive assistance with cognitive skills, literacy, life skills and drug treatment from One Stop Career Centers which are located on site. Parolees may stay for six months and their stay can be extended for up to one year. RMSC facilities are located in San Francisco, San Jose, Fresno, and Los Angeles.
Institutional Division
California Department of Corrections
P.O. Box 942883
Sacramento, CA 95814

Advocate working on criminal record and employment issues.
Neighborhood Legal Services of LA County
13327 Van Nuys Boulevard
Pacoima, CA 91331
1-800-433-6251 ext. 139
Web Site:

The Social Justice Law Projects are advocates working on the issues of employment, licensing, and housing problems. They bring impact litigation on behalf of persons with conviction and arrrest records in the employment, licensing, and housing areas. They also work in the area of arrest record dissemination.
Social Justice Law Project
510 16th Street, Suite 201
Oakland, CA 94612

kima 01-28-2008 10:32 PM

Here's more Northern Cal info from the above link:
(They also have listings for Southern Cal programs)

VII. Local Service Providers
Community agencies are available to assist individuals with criminal records find employment. This information will inform individuals with criminal records about government agencies and community-based organizations that assist with employment, education or vocational training. Researchers and policy makers may find this information useful in identifying agencies and service providers in order to evaluate the effectiveness of these programs.

Arriba Juntos
Arriba Juntos, a community-based organization, has been in operation for 36 years, serving a diverse population in San Francisco. In addition to an individual with a criminal history employment program, it offers youth programming and ESL classes to over 2,000 clients yearly. Arriba Juntos maintains staff at the One Stop Career Center at 3120 Mission St. in San Francisco to assist job seekers who begin their searches at a One Stop Center. Arriba Juntos accepts drop-in clients, as well as those who make appointments. They have direct placement for clients who have job skills. Training is available in computer technology, including MS Office Suite, and certified nursing assistance with the ability to obtain California licensing. Arriba Juntos will assist clients in obtaining licensure from the State of California. In collaboration with the San Francisco Municipal Railway (MUNI) they offer a driver training course. Clients may obtain their Commercial Driving License and consideration for employment with MUNI as bus drivers. These training programs include a Life Skills component, job interview techniques and resume writing in addition to daily survival skills. Arriba Juntos has a subsidized wage/on job training program that is used as an incentive to employers to hire individuals with criminal records.
1850 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
415-863-9314 fax
Web Site:

Career Link - Employment Resource Center
Career Link is part of California’s One Stop Center System. Individuals with a criminal history are referred to a job agent for services. Each job agent is expected to have 60 successful closures per year. (A closure is considered placing a client in a job that the client retains for 90 days or more.) Services include: job search workshops; one-on-one job counseling; vocational counseling; resource library; computerized job skills testing software; computers and equipment available for use in preparing cover letters, job resumes, job applications; and internet access for job search. Clients must call for an appointment.
Career Link - Employment Resource Center
3120 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Delancy Street Foundation
Delancey Street Foundation is based on the principle of self motivation. Success in the program is based on "pulling yourself up by your own bootstraps." Program capacity is 450 persons at the San Francisco facility. A two-year commitment is required of all participants, however participants may stay longer in the program if needed. Walk-ins are accepted for interviews; offenders may be interviewed while incarcerated. To be placed on a waiting list, individuals must write a letter requesting an interview. Recently released offenders must be able to transfer their parole supervision to San Francisco. Residents learn not only academic and vocational skills, but also the interpersonal, social survival skills, along with the attitudes, values, sense of responsibility, and self-reliance necessary to live in the mainstream of society drug-free, successfully and legitimately. Delancey Street owns and operates several commercial businesses staffed by its residents. Individuals receive training in different vocational, business skills as well as managerial skills in the different aspects of business, and skills in owning and operating a business.
Delancey Street Foundation
600 Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94107

Northern California Service League
The Northern California Service League (NCSL) offers pre-release services on the county level. A 40-hour core program in life skills is given. NCSL also provides social services to assist families of offenders during their loved one’s incarceration, substance abuse counseling, GED tutoring, parenting skills, and counseling on domestic violence issues. Approximately 600 inmates, including sentenced inmates and those awaiting trial or sentencing, are serviced. NCSL is in the process of starting a program to facilitate housing needs upon release. This will include a 30-day shelter program and assistance in obtaining public assistance. Post-release services offered include job placement, a life skills workshop, substance abuse counseling, and referrals to other agencies for housing. In order to obtain services, a client needs a “1502 Referral Form” from Parole. Approximately 1,000 recently released offenders per year receive post-release services. In addition, NCSL hosts an annual job fair to assist with job placement. Transitional housing is also available for single mothers. Eleven single mothers reuniting with two children under the age of six years can be accommodated at Cameo House. Clients may stay up to one year and there are case management services on site. An extension program of post-release services is available to those parolees who reside in the San Jose area. Services are the same as those available in the San Francisco office.
Post Release Services
Northern California Service League
28 Boardman Place
San Francisco, CA 94103
415-863-1882 fax
Web Site:

Northern California Service League
San Jose Office
Northern California Service League
598 North First Street, Suite 202
San Jose, CA 95112
Web Site:

Northern California Service League
Pre-Release Services
Northern California Service League
San Francisco Hall of Justice, Room 116
850 Bryant Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Web Site:

Opportunities Industrialization Center West (OICW)
Opportunities Industrialization Center West (OICW) is a non-profit vocational training school that provides low-or no-cost entry level training. As a One-Stop Center, it services walk-in clients in collaboration with other agencies. At its location are offices of the Department of Social Services, a local community college and a local adult school. It also provides youth services in the form of after-school programs for drop-outs or potential drop-outs. Training classes run from six weeks to six months. Training is available in the construction trades, hazardous material removal, culinary arts, clerical, certified nurse assistant, Web Desk Top publishing and A+ Certification (computer technician), including the Oracle system. Approximately 300 people receive services daily. OICW also assists recently released offenders with the expungement of California criminal records.
OICW Assessment Center
1200 O'Brien Dr., Room 137B
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Private Industry Council of San Francisco (PIC)
Private Industry Council of San Francisco (PIC) is a non-profit organization that provides employment, training and research services to employers and job seekers in San Francisco. PIC is a public/private collaboration for workforce development. PIC contracts with over 60 community- based organizations to provide training and employment services. Among the agencies that PIC works with are city agencies, California Employment Development Department (EDD), City College of San Francisco, the San Francisco United School District, and the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce PIC has a Workforce Investment Act (WIA)-funded job training service program that serves recently released offenders among other populations. It provides GED preparation, basic literacy assistance, job development, job counseling and on-the-job training. PIC utilizes employment specialists from EDD for its job development and placement services.
Private Industry Council of San Francisco
1650 Mission Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94103
415-431-8702 fax
Web Site:

Private Industry Council of San Francisco
Youth Opportunities for San Francisco (YO SF!) is a new program offering employment and development services to youths, ages 14 - 21 years, who are transitioning out of the California Juvenile Justice system’s youth ranches and guidance centers.
YO San Francisco
1850 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Rubicon Programs Inc.
Rubicon Programs serves a diverse population that includes low income, disabled, non-custodial fathers and the homeless. It does not specifically target recently released offenders, however many recently released offenders fall into one of the categories that it serves. Its programs offer a myriad of services ranging from basic pre-employment skills, job search assistance, life skills, on-the-job paid training and experience at Rubicon program headquarters to job retention support services. Approximately 2,500 clients undergo the intake process each year.
Rubicon Programs Inc.
2500 Bissell Avenue
Richmond, CA 94804
510-235-2025 fax

Lisamara 01-28-2008 11:25 PM

Kima... Thanks so very much for all of that info :)

kima 01-29-2008 12:56 AM

Your more than welcome! :wave:

Shari 01-29-2008 09:05 AM

To bad all those programs are in the major cities. I wonder whats available for the guys who are not in those areas. I know that when my guy gest out he is going to need help also but SF is to far away from where he is going to be. Does anyone know of anything up in the North Bay that might have some programs. Sonona, Napa, Lake Counties would be great.

kima 01-29-2008 10:42 AM

Try these links:

Friends Outside: Northern California

Sierra Conservation Center

Mother Lode Visitor Support Center

PO Box 1448
Jamestown, CA 95327

Also, lots of info at:

Center for Children of Incarcerated Parents
(626) 449-8796
P.O. Box 41-286
Eagle Rock, CA 90041,
Contact: Denise Johnston, Director
Agency Head: Denise Johnston, Director
Area Served: USA
Established: 1989

Provides parent education, self-help support groups, information, referrals, mentoring, family reunification support, family therapy, public education, legal assistance and advocacy. Provides technical assistance, training, policy development and research services in a variety of areas related to children of prisoners.

Publications: provides a clearinghouse for publications and audiovisuals to prisoners (free) and others (at cost). Contact Center for list.

Prison Activist Resource Center
(510) 893-4648
P.O. Box 339
Berkeley, CA 94701,
Contact: Vanessa Agard-Jones, Coordinator
Agency Head: Vanessa Agard-Jones, Coordinator
Area Served: USA
Established: 1994

Provides information, referrals, public information and advocacy.

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