Helping Individuals with criminal records Reenter through Employment

Colorado

I. Colorado Department of Labor and Employment

Contact:
Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
Tower 11, Suite 400
1515 Arapahoe Street
Denver, CO 80202
303-620-4701
303-318-8048 fax
Web Site: www.coworkforce.com/

Information about State Department of Labor resources may be of interest to:
• potential employers looking for incentives to hire individuals with criminal histories;
• service providers and individuals with criminal histories who are looking for assistance in finding employment; and
• researchers and policy makers looking at current programs to ascertain what programs are effective and serve their intended purpose.

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.

Contact:
Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
Tower 11, Suite 400
1515 Arapahoe Street
Denver, CO 80202
303-318-8801
303-318-8930 fax

B. Tax Credits
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is a federal tax credit to reduce the federal tax liability of private for profit employers to be used as an incentive for employers to hire individuals from eight different targeted groups: TANF recipients, veterans, ex-felons, high risk youth, summer youth, Food Stamp recipients, SSI recipients, and vocational rehabilitation referrals.

Contact:
Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
Employment Programs
Tower 11, Suite 400
1515 Arapahoe Street
Denver, CO 80202
303-318-8829
303-318-8934 fax

C. Unemployment Insurance Office
Unemployment compensation is a social insurance program designed to provide benefits to most individuals out of work, generally through no fault of their own, for periods between jobs. In order to be eligible for benefits, jobless workers must demonstrate that they have worked, usually measured by amount of wages and/or weeks of work, and must be able and available for work.

The unemployment compensation program is based upon federal law, but administered by states under state law.

Forms are available at the web site listed below. One must apply in person at the local Workforce Development Center. Local centers are listed on the following web site: www.coworkforce.com/EMP/WFCs.asp.

Contact:
Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
Division of Employment & Training, Employment Services
Tower 11, Suite 400
1515 Arapahoe Street
Denver, CO 80202
303-318-8824

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II. Criminal Record Repository

This is the agency individuals may contact to obtain a copy of their state rap sheet. The criminal record repository can also tell the individual who else is legally entitled to have access to his or her record.

To request a copy of a criminal record, a Colorado request form should be submitted along with a completed fingerprint card with a signed waiver allowing for the release of one’s criminal record. There is a $10 fee payable to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

Contact:
Crime Information Center
Colorado Bureau of Investigation
690 Kipling Street, #3000
Denver, CO 80215
303-239-4208
Web Site: www.cbirecordscheck.com

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III. State Attorney General

Employers and service providers may obtain information from the state attorney general regarding occupational bars, the licensing of individuals with criminal records in certain jobs, and whether the state has laws that limit what employers may ask job applicants or protections against employment discrimination based on a criminal record.

Contact:
Department of Law
1525 Sherman Street
Denver, CO 80203
303-866-4500
Web Site: www.ago.state.co.us/index.cfm

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IV. State Department of Corrections

Div of Adult Parole, Community Corrections and Youthful Offender System

Contact:
Jeaneene E. Miller, Division Director

Pre-Release Program

Pre-Release targets barriers to successful community re-entry by utilizing 10 modules designed to increase awareness, self-sufficiency and action around critical re-entry components including: identification, housing, employment, transportation, money management, education, health and life skills, family, relationships and support systems, victim awareness and restorative justice and living under supervision. Pre-Release will work to increase collaboration between case managers, education staff, reentry specialists, parole officers, and other community-based service providers.

Contact:
Colorado Department of Corrections
940 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203
303.763.2495
Web Site: http://www.doc.state.co.us/statewide-pre-release-and-community-re-entry-programs

Colorado Correctional Industries

Colorado Correctional Industries is a division of the Colorado Department of Corrections. This pre-release program provides inmates in Colorado prisons the opportunity to participate in over 50 different programs in Manufacturing, Services and Agri-business including metal and furniture making, computer repair/recycling, saddle making, firefighting/reclamation, cow/goat dairies, canine training, fish farming, and a wild horse program (in conjunction with the Bureau of Land Management). Program availability differs at correctional facilities within the system. Some training programs include a vocational education program. Certificates of achievement are awarded when inmates complete training. Please note: this is a pre-release program, only for currently incarcerated individuals.

Contact:
2862 S. Circle Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
719-226-4200
719-226-4220 fax
Web Site: www.coloradoci.com/

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V. Colorado Division of Adult Parole

Supervises persons who are approved by the Colorado State Board of Parole. Includes Regular Adult Parole, Intensive Supervision Program-Parole (high-risk population), and Interstate Compact (probation and parole). Conditions of release from prison are made by an independent seven-member board appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Colorado Senate.

Contact:
Colorado Divisions of Parole/Community Corrections
940 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203
Web Site: www.doc.state.co.us

Community Corrections

Community Corrections supervises inmates in residential community corrections centers and in the Intensive Supervision Program – Inmates (ISP-I). Community Corrections supervises an average daily population of approximately 2,300 inmates in community corrections centers and 1,000 on ISP-I, or approximately 11.25% of the Colorado Department of Corrections population.

Contact:
Colorado Divisions of Parole/Community Corrections
940 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203
Web Site: www.doc.state.co.us

Youthful Offender

The Youthful Offender System provides programming for youth offenders, including individualized options to meet special needs, throughout each of four program phases. IDO, Phase I, and Phase II are located at the YOS facility in Pueblo, CO. Phase III is implemented throughout the state of Colorado.

Contact:
Colorado Divisions of Parole/Community Corrections
940 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203
Web Site: www.doc.state.co.us

Community Reentry

Community Reentry works with case managers, education staff, community partners and parole officers statewide, to develop and implement inmate transition plans. Community Reentry provides multiple services and programs to assist in successful reintegration.

Contact:
Colorado Department of Corrections, Division of Adult Parole, Community Cor
940 Broadway
Denver, CO 80203
303-763-2482
Web Site: http://www.doc.state.co.us/statewide-community-re-entry-contact-information

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VI. Legal Assistance

Free or low-cost legal resources, both in civil and criminal law, are helpful to individuals with criminal histories in learning about relevant state laws governing the expungement or sealing of criminal histories or addressing other legal issues resulting from having a criminal history.

A. State Public Defender

Contact:
110 16th Street, Suite 800
Denver, CO 80202
303-620-4888
303-620-4931 fax

B. Legal Services

A legal services directory is available on-line. Legal representation and advice in civil matters is available for indigent persons. The on-line directory is maintained by the Denver Bar Association.

Contact:
Colorado Legal Services
1905 Sherman Street, 4th Floor
Denver, CO 80203
303-837-1313
303-830-7860 fax
Web Site: www.denbar.org

C. State Bar Association

Contact:
Colorado Bar Association
1900 Grant Street, #950
Denver, CO 80203
303-860-1115
303-894-0821 fax
Web Site: www.cobar.org

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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.

Center for Spirituality at Work

Center for Spirituality at Work provides mentoring and life skills services to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women.

Contact:
Center for Spirituality at Work
1385 S. Colorado Blvd., Bldg. A, Suite 300
Denver, CO 80222
Mail: P.O. Box 102168
Denver, CO 80250-2168
Web Site: www.cfsaw.org

Colorado Workforce Center

The Colorado Workforce Center consolidates components of Job Service and Employment and Training services in an attempt to maximize its ability to serve job seekers as well as employers. Centers are held accountable for performance outcomes based on the consumer’s feedback. There is an extensive web site devoted to workforce center information as well as employment services.

Contact:
Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
Tower 11, Suite 400
1515 Arapahoe Street
Denver, CO 80202
303-620-4204
303-620-4257 fax
Web Site: coworkforce.com/EMP/WFCs.asp

The Empowerment Program

The Empowerment Program offers transportation, case management, housing, employment, health and education services to recently released female offenders who are returning to the Denver area.

Contact:
The Empowerment Program
1600 York Street
Denver, CO 80206
303-320-1989
E-Mail: empower-info@empowermentprogram.org
Web Site: www.empowermentprogram.org

Colorado Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants (CURE)

Colorado CURE is a member of a national organization that specializes in prison advocacy work. CURE provides prisoners and their families with information about rehabilitation programs.

Contact:
Colorado CURE
3470 South Poplar, Suite 406
Denver, CO 80224
303-758-3390
Web Site: www.coloradocure.org

Turnabout, Inc.

Turnabout, Inc. is a non-profit employment, career, and education services agency that provides access to a fully-stocked computer lab, daily job leads, transportation assistance, subsidized work skills training, and job search assistance to former offenders in the Metro Denver area.

 

Contact:
Turnabout, Inc.
1630 East 14th Avenue
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 813-0005
info@turnaboutprogram.org
Web Site: www.turnabout.org

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