Breaking Down Barriers
Jan 15, 2018
This report summarizes findings from a case study of a program intended to improve the earning potential of probationers in Sacramento County, California, by training them in construction trades and connecting them to high-wage employers. Using a qualitative approach, the authors describe how the program evolved and was delivered; identify implementation barriers and facilitators; and highlight perceived program successes and shortcomings.
How One Probation Agency Developed a Program Designed to Connect Probationers to High-Wage Jobs
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This report is one component of a larger RAND project aimed at addressing income inequalities faced by workers with criminal records. Given the labor market challenges faced by people with criminal convictions, it can be challenging for probation agencies to help their clients find jobs, let alone earn living wages. This report summarizes findings from a descriptive case study of one program focused on the construction industry intended to improve the earning potential of individuals on probation in Sacramento County, California. Using a qualitative approach, the authors provide an understanding of how the program evolved; describe how program activities are delivered; identify implementation barriers and facilitators; and provide an overview of the program's successes and shortcomings as perceived by key stakeholders, including probation agents, construction companies, and probationers.
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