Helping Individuals with criminal records Reenter through Employment

Alabama

I. Alabama Department of Labor

Contact:
P.O. Box 303500
Montgomery, AL 36130
334-242-3460
334-240-3417 fax

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:
Federal Bonding Program
Employment Service Division
Alabama Department of Labor Building
649 Monroe Street, Room 2813 
Montgomery, AL 36131
334-242-8039
334-242-8012 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:
WOTC
Employment Service Division
Alabama Department of Labor Building
Finance Department
649 Monroe Street, Room 2813 
Montgomery, AL 36131
334-242-8303
334-353-9064 fax
E-Mail: WOTC.ALCC@alcc.alabama.gov
Web Site: http://wotc.alabama.gov/

 

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.

Contact:
Alabama Department of Industrial Relations
649 Monroe Street
Montgomery, AL 36131
(334)-242-8025
(334) 242-8021 fax
E-Mail: uc@dir.alabama.gov
Web Site: www.dir.alabama.gov/uc

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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.

An individual or employer must call or write the Bureau of Investigations to request a release form. The release form must be signed by the individual whose record is being requested along with a $25 fee. Searches for a criminal record can be done based on a name or a set of fingerprints. Each procedure costs $25.

Contact:
Alabama Department of Public Safety
Bureau of Investigations
301 South Ripley Street
P.O. Box 1511
Montgomery, AL 36104
334-353-1100

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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:
Office of the Attorney General
501 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36130
334-242-7300
Web Site: www.ago.state.al.us

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IV. State Department of Corrections

Alabama Department of Corrections

Contact:
Alabama Department of Corrections
301 South Ripley Street
Montgomery, AL 36130-1501
334-353-3883
E-Mail: pio@doc.state.al.us
Web Site: www.doc.state.al.us

State Department of Parole/Probation

The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles provides adult probation and parole services in Alabama.

Contact:
Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles
301 South Ripley Street
Montgomery, AL 36130-2405
334-242-8700
334-242-1809 fax
E-Mail: questions4pardonsandparoles@alabpp.gov
Web Site: www.paroles.state.al.us

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V. State Department of Parole/Probation

Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles

The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles provides adult probation and parole services in Alabama.

Contact:
Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles
301 South Ripley Street
Montgomery, AL 36130-2405
334-242-8700
E-Mail: questions4pardonsandparoles@alabpp.gov
Web Site: www.paroles.state.al.us

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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

There is no state Public Defender office in Alabama. Defense attorneys are appointed by judges when necessary to provide legal counsel for indigent clients.

B. Legal Services

Alabama’s legal services programs are independent, non-profit organizations that provide qualifying low-income families with legal assistance in civil matters.

Contact:
Legal Services Corporation of Alabama, Inc.
207 Montgomery Street
Suite 1100
Montgomery, AL 36104
334-832-4570
334-241-8683 fax
Web Site: www.alabamalegalservices.org/

C. State Bar Association

Contact:
Alabama State Bar
415 Dexter Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36104
334-269-1515
334-261-6310 fax
Web Site: www.alabar.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.

One-Stop Center

The One-Stop Center is also known as the Alabama Department of Industrial Relations local office.

Contact:
Employment Services Division
Alabama Department of Industrial Relations
649 Monroe Street
Montgomery, AL 36131
Web Site: www.dir.alabama.gov/

Aid to Inmate Mothers (AIM)

Aid to Inmate Mothers provides services to promote the successful reintegration of women with criminal records by helping them become gainfully employed, obtain clothing, and secure housing.

Contact:
Aid to Inmate Mothers
P.O. Box 986
Montgomery, AL 36101
800-679-0246
334-262-2296 fax
Web Site: www.inmatemoms.org

The Ordinary People Society (T.O.P.S.)

T.O.P.S. is a nonprofit, faith-based organization that offers hope, without regard to race sex, creed, color or social status, to individuals and their families who suffer the effects of drug addiction, incarceration, homelessness, unemployment, hunger and illness, through comprehensive faith-based programs that provide a continuum of unconditional acceptance and care. Programs include: Criminal Rehabilitation and Reintegration; Early Intervention and Mentoring; Drug Prevention and Addiction Assistance; Adult Literacy; Hunger and Homelessness Prevention; and other important services that help individuals achieve their goals.

Contact:
The Ordinary People Society (T.O.P.S.)
403 West Powell Street
Dothan, AL 36303
334-671-2882
Web Site: www.wearetops.org

Re-Entry Ministries, Inc.

Re-Entry Ministries, Inc. works with persons with criminal records and offers limited services to prisoners. Programs include support groups for people with criminal records and families of prisoners, church services, job assistance, and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

Contact:
Re-Entry Ministries, Inc.
2224 3rd Avenue North
Birmingham, AL 35210

Renascence, Inc.

Renascence, Inc. assists in the transition of non-violent, male ex-offenders from prison to steady employment and responsible living. Renascence provides housing, appropriate monotoring, interpersonal and life skills programs, recovery support groups, as well as access to employment, health, and educational services / opportunities.

Contact:
Renascence, Inc.
215 Clayton Street
Montgomery, AL 36104
334-832-1402
E-Mail: renascence@bellsouth.net

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