Employment Services

Research and common sense tell us that if an individual with a criminal record is going to remain "crime free" he or she needs the self-sufficiency and stability provided by regular employment.

Safer has a range of programs and services to help formerly incarcerated individuals find employment.

Each year, Safer Foundation helps thousands of people with criminal records choose a new direction of responsibility, education, and productivity. Without intervention, 52 percent return to prison. By contrast, fewer than 22 percent of those receiving Safer’s services go back.

Orientation, Intake, And Retention

These services are at the heart of Safer's approach to helping people with criminal records find employment upon re-entering society. MORE >

Adult Transition Centers

Safer Foundation is the only private agency to administer two secured residential transition centers on behalf of the Illinois Department of Corrections. MORE >

Transitional Employment Program

While many formerly incarcerated individuals have advanced workplace knowledge and educational/vocational training, many others struggle to secure permanent employment due to a lack of marketable work experience. Transitional Employment is one of the most effective initiatives for helping returnees find jobs upon re-entry. MORE >

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    • Bernie and Gus: Their Vision: From a 2014 interview with Safer co-founders Raymond… MORE >

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    • Grim prospects for inmates who traveled on bus to freedom months ago: As he rode home on a Greyhound bus earlier this… MORE >

    • State expands ‘certificates of good conduct’ for former offenders: New law gives former offenders the chance to… MORE >

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  • Public Policy
    • The Statistics: Below are data, gathered from independent sources, showing a breakdown of individuals affected by… MORE >

    • Council of Advisors to Reduce Recidivism through Employment (CARRE): In order to make… MORE >

  • Success Stories
    • Nadeja Beasley: Nadeja Beasley had 10 long years to think about some costly choices she… MORE >

    • Jay Borchert: Jay Borchert can proudly say he’s been clean for ten years. Earlier in… MORE >

    • Juan Cruz: Juan Cruz once lived the life of a gangbanger on the streets of Chicago. The… MORE >

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