Missouri lawmakers propose ways to help working inmates get jobs

3 years 2 months 1 week ago Wednesday, March 11 2015 Mar 11, 2015 Wednesday, March 11, 2015 6:46:00 PM CDT March 11, 2015 in News
By: Kimaya Davis, KOMU 8 News Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Getting a job after getting out of prison may seem like the impossible to most; however, Missouri lawmakers are proposing ways to help working inmates get employed prior to release. 

The Missouri House of Representatives held a public hearing Wednesday regarding ways the Department of Corrections can perform specified actions to improve the ability of working inmates to obtain employment upon release from incarceration.

The bill requires the Department of Corrections to participate in the Federal Bonding Program so that:

  • all working inmates are bonded prior to release ;
  • review the types of jobs available for inmates while incarcerated to determine which jobs would be eligible for certification and ensure that any inmate who has completed the necessary requirements for certification in a particular field does receive certification ;
  • and issue a worker certificate to any inmate who has worked in one or more types of jobs that are not eligible for certification containing information regarding each job and a list of the skills acquired or demonstrated.

The program would apply to any inmate who wants to participate. The goals would be similar to some existing programs in mid-Missouri but would have a wider reach. 

Job Point is one Columbia center that is aiming to help former inmates with employment. 

Job Point's mission is to link people and jobs by providing career planning and job placement assistance. It specializes in preparing individuals to enter the workforce.

In relation to people who have criminal records, Job Point helps them successfully get back into society. 

Job Point participant Richard Baldwin said he doesn't have a criminal record but can only imagine how hard it is for people who do because he faced challenges finding employment. 

Baldwin said he was walking past Job Point, and something told him to stop by. He said the visit turned into a job opportunity. 

"They assisted me with it, and I got a grant to do the course. I'm going to take the course for Highway Heavy Construction, and today I went through the last steps for the course," Baldwin said. 

He said he stopped at Job Point because he wanted to better himself. 

"I never did anything like this before. I'm from New Jersey, I'm used to street stuff, hanging on the corners, doing this doing that. Then I got into a car accident that put me in a coma and killed my boys, and when I woke up from the coma months later my mindset changed and I just wanted to better myself," Baldwin said. 

Job Point recruiter Tyree Byndom said their reentry services is an opportunity for people to get back into the flow of being citizens. 

"They're human beings, they made a mistake, could've made mistakes multiple times due to whatever the situation is. But reentry to us means any individual that's coming back home, everyone of them is coming back home, less than two percent stay [in prison] forever," Byndom says. 

Job Point provides the following reentry services: 

  • Employment Readiness Workshops
  • Job Placement Assistance and Support
  • Adult Education & Literacy/GED Preparation
  • Assessment of Personal Support Needs
  • Referral to other Human Service Entities
  • Backpacks Filled with Personal Hygiene Products
  • Bus Passes are provided
  • Family Re-unification Services
  • Computer Training
  • Training for Career in Highway/Heavy Construction
  • Housing Assistance
  • Anger Management Classes
  • Reentry Counseling Classes may be available
  • Additional Items may be supplied as needed

The proposed effective date for the bill is August 28. As of now, Missouri House of Representatives has not scheduled the next hearing. 

 

More News

Grid
List
AUXVASSE - Gov. Eric Greitens spoke at the 16th annual Fire Fighters Memorial Service on Sunday. The service was... More >>
51 minutes ago Sunday, May 20 2018 May 20, 2018 Sunday, May 20, 2018 4:05:00 PM CDT May 20, 2018 in News
FULTON - All 6-year-old Sam Santhuff wanted to do was comfort children in the hospital, even though he was there... More >>
10 hours ago Sunday, May 20 2018 May 20, 2018 Sunday, May 20, 2018 6:47:00 AM CDT May 20, 2018 in News
CAMDEN COUNTY - The Missouri State Highway Patrol has released the identities of the three people killed and the two... More >>
22 hours ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 6:42:00 PM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Children in Columbia have a chance to get paid to play. Columbia Parks and Recreation started its... More >>
22 hours ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 6:10:00 PM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
HAVANA (AP) — The Latest on the crash in Cuba of a passenger jet with 113 people on board (all... More >>
23 hours ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 5:23:00 PM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Over 90 people showed up at the Burr Oak Brewery for an afternoon of puppies, yoga and beer... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 4:50:00 PM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Although it is nowhere near Halloween, some Columbia runners faced their fears by participating in a zombie-themed 5K... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 11:12:00 AM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- The city of Columbia has been ranked a top-ten affordable college town to live in by realtor.com. Factors... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 10:41:00 AM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Mississippi River is above flood stage at several northeast Missouri locations, but forecasters do... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 9:29:44 AM CDT May 19, 2018 in Continuous News
(CNN) -- And they're married! Britain's Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle were wed Saturday at Windsor... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, May 19 2018 May 19, 2018 Saturday, May 19, 2018 7:09:00 AM CDT May 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA- The United states is experiencing one of the lowest birth rates in 30 years, according to the Centers for... More >>
1 day ago Friday, May 18 2018 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 9:08:00 PM CDT May 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Attorney General Josh Hawley says attorneys helping Gov. Eric Greitens through impeachment proceedings are acting improperly. "By... More >>
1 day ago Friday, May 18 2018 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 8:34:00 PM CDT May 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The annual Backyard Concert Series kicks off Saturday evening at the Jefferson Landing Historic site. Missouri... More >>
1 day ago Friday, May 18 2018 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 6:45:00 PM CDT May 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY –Missourians will soon be able to keep a little more money from their paychecks, after a state House... More >>
1 day ago Friday, May 18 2018 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 6:33:00 PM CDT May 18, 2018 in News
MADISON (AP) — A Columbia man will likely spend the rest of his life in prison for a shooting death... More >>
2 days ago Friday, May 18 2018 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 4:40:00 PM CDT May 18, 2018 in News
WARSAW (AP) — Authorities say the police chief of a western Missouri town was wounded after a 16-year-old boy shot... More >>
2 days ago Friday, May 18 2018 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 4:24:00 PM CDT May 18, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's Republican-led Legislature approved tax cuts for both individuals and corporations Friday and sent a gas-tax... More >>
2 days ago Friday, May 18 2018 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 4:18:00 PM CDT May 18, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Local veterans return home from combat having experienced things average citizens could not even imagine. Douglas Wilbur,... More >>
2 days ago Friday, May 18 2018 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 4:17:00 PM CDT May 18, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 79°
5pm 80°
6pm 78°
7pm 77°
8pm 73°