What is the Employment Assistance Program:
A release condition that requires people on supervision to work at a lawful occupation unless excused for school, training, or other acceptable reasons.
How the court uses it
- To make it more likely that people will succeed on supervision because they're gainfully employed.
- To make it less likely that they'll resort to crime to support themselves.
The officer's duties
- Build relationships with agencies and individuals in the community who can help people on supervision find and keep jobs, including:
– nonprofit organizations
– local and state employment services
– chambers of commerce
- Direct people on supervision to community resources that prepare them for employment through such services as:
– skill assessment
– job training
– workshops that address resume preparation and job searches
- Verify their job-seeking efforts.
- Verify that they are working by:
– Visiting them at work.
– Reviewing their pay stubs.
– Keeping in touch with their employers.
- Take steps to control and correct the situation if people on supervision:
– Fail to report to work on time or at all.
– Lose jobs or change jobs frequently.
– Maintain a lifestyle beyond their income.
– Otherwise fail to comply with their release conditions.
The officer's challenges
People on supervision face considerable obstacles to employment, which officers must help them overcome. For example, these individuals
- may be struggling with problems that they need to address before they can work, including
– substance abuse;
– poor health; and
– a lack of the basic needs in life, such as housing and food
- may lack the education or skills to get a job.
- may find employers reluctant to hire them because of their criminal backgrounds and lack of work experience.
What the benefits are
- Provides educational or vocational training that enables people on supervision to earn a living wage.
- Enables them to support themselves and their families.
- Makes it less likely that they'll commit crime.
- Enables them to pay taxes and any fines and restitution ordered by the court