Helping Individuals with criminal records Reenter through Employment

Arizona

I. Arizona Department of Economic Security

Contact:
Division of Employment and Rehabilitative Services
Arizona Workforce Connections
Phoenix, AZ
Web Site: https://www.azdes.gov/

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:
Employment Administration
Arizona Department of Economic Security
734T
P.O. Box 6123
Phoenix, AZ 85005
602-542-3957
602-542-5014 fax
Web Site: www.azdes.gov/main.aspx?menu=260&id=4417

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:
Arizona Department of Economic Security
WOTC Site Code 734T
P.O. Box 6123
Phoenix, AZ 85005
602-542-3957
602-542-5014 fax
Web Site: www.azdes.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:
All Counties
877-600-2722 or TDD 877-877-6226

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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.

Individuals requesting a copy of their criminal record must submit a full set of fingerprints to the address above. A copy of the record will be mailed to the requester or his/her attorney within 30 days.

Contact:
Arizona Department of Public Safety
Criminal History Records Section
ATTN/DAYSHIFT
P.O. Box 18450
Phoenix, AZ 85005
602-223-2229
Web Site: www.dps.state.az.us/reports/criminalhistory/default.asp

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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.

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IV. State Department of Corrections

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V. Community Supervision Bureau/ADC

Community Supervision Bureau/ADC uses parole officers to supervise inmates released on any type of community supervision and conducts pre-placement investigations, including job placement and referral to contracted transitional services. The Community Supervision Bureau also administers the Home Arrest Program.

Contact:

Board of Executive Clemency

Contact:
Board of Executive Clemency
1645 West Jefferson Street, Suite 326
Phoenix, AZ 85007
602-542-5656

Community Corrections Division

Contact:
Arizona Department of Corrections
Community Corrections Division
363 North 1st Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85003
602-255-4332

Central Phoenix Parole Office

Contact:
Central Phoenix Parole Office
(Formerly known as Phoenix Home Arrest)
5062 North 19th Avenue, #100
Phoenix, AZ 85015
602-841-6019

Southern Maricopa Parole Office

Contact:
Southern Maricopa Parole Office
1241 East Washington
Phoenix, AZ 85032
602-255-5071

Mesa Iron Parole Office

Contact:
Mesa Iron Parole Office
535 West Iron, Suite 110
Mesa, AZ 85210
602-255-3264

Mesa Main Parole Office

Contact:
Mesa Main Parole Office
460 North Mesa Drive, Suite 210
Mesa, AZ 85210
480-464-1712

Western Maricopa Parole Office

Contact:
Western Maricopa Parole Office
8751 North 51st Avenue, Suite 126
Glendale, AZ 85302
602-255-5081

Northeast Maricopa Parole Office

Contact:
Northeast Maricopa Parole Office
8841 North 7th Street, Suite 10
Phoenix, AZ 85020
602-255-1477

Southwestern Maricopa Parole Office

Contact:
Southwestern Maricopa Parole Office
7345 West Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ 85033
602-255-3476

Kingman Parole Office

Contact:
Kingman Parole Office
2925 Gordon Street
Kingman, AZ 86401
928-757-3100

Tucson East Parole Office

Contact:
Tucson East Parole Office
7036 East Broadway, Suite 100
Tucson, AZ 85710
520-628-5981

Tucson West Parole Office

Contact:
Tucson West Parole Office
97 Eats Congress, Suite 210
Tucson, AZ 85701
520-628-5140

Tucson South Parole Office

Contact:
Tucson South Parole Office
4600 South Park Avenue, Suite 8
Tucson, AZ 85714
520-628-5753

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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

Contact:

B. Legal Services

Contact:
Community Justice Assistance Services
P.O. Box 56518
Phoenix, AZ 85079
623-878-4100
623-877-1600 fax
E-Mail: azcjas@aol.com

C. State Bar Association

Contact:
State Bar of Arizona
111 West Monroe, Suite 1800
Phoenix, AZ 85003
602-252-4804
602-271-4930 fax
E-Mail: azbar@azbar.org
Web Site: www.azbar.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.

Arizona One Stop Career Centers

Arizona One Stop Career Centers offer a range of services from information about job vacancies, career options, student financial aid, relevant employment trends to instruction on how to conduct a job search, write a resume, or interview with an employer. Information on local offices is available at www.de.state.az.us/oscc/.

Contact:
Arizona Department of Economic Security
One Stop Career Center Project
P.O. Box 6123, Site Code 901A
Phoenix, AZ 85005
602-542-1250
602-542-2272 fax
Web Site: www.azdes.gov/

Middle Ground Prison Reform, Inc.

Middle Ground Prison Reform offers counseling, education, employment readiness training programs, and referrals to social service agencies.

Contact:
Middle Ground Prison Reform, Inc.
139 East Encanto Drive
Tempe, AZ 85281
480-966-8116
480-966-3885 fax
E-Mail: middlegoundprisonreform@msn.com
Web Site: www.middlegroundprisonreform.org

Women Living Free

Women Living Free is an educational and support program that assists women with criminal records returning to the community by working in collaboration with community agencies. Women may enroll in the program 12 months prior to release, with a maximum of 20 women enrolled every six months. Services offered include job interview techniques, resume writing, and job search and placement services. Support group participation begins at the facility level and continues upon release from incarceration. Family support groups focus on reunification of mothers with their children and dealing with child/parent issues. Participants must be high school graduates or be enrolled in G.E.D. classes or vocational training. Transitional housing is available upon release.

Contact:
Women Living Free
9220 West Coolidge Street
Phoenix, AZ 85037
623-206-2823

JobPath Inc.

JobPath Inc., an employment training program, is a community based not-for-profit organization which also serves individuals with criminal records. Referrals for program participation come from recruitment in the community, churches, schools, neighborhood centers and by ‘word of mouth’. Soft skills, including resume preparation, interviewing techniques and job readiness are offered. Using labor market trends, individuals are directed to appropriate training programs at a local community college. Job development is an important aspect of JobPath Inc. In addition, much time is spent educating local employers on the advantages of hiring individuals with criminal histories.

Contact:
JobPath Inc.
924 North Aluernon Way
Tucson, AZ 85711
520-324-0402
520-324-0195 fax fax
E-Mail: jobpath@jobpath.net
Web Site: www.jobpath.net

Tetra Services of Phoenix

Tetra Services is a private, nonprofit rehabilitation agency that is part of the Tucson-based Beacon Group. We are dedicated to providing vocational rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities in the Phoenix area. Our services include job development, job coaching, and training that promotes self-sufficiency and independence. Community Re-Integration Services program is for any person with a disability who has a criminal background history that has proven to be a barrier to employment. Entry into the program is through a 2 –day employment skills building workshop (16 hours) that is designed specifically for ex-offenders. Job development and placement services are provided after successful completion of the workshop. Intakes are by appointment only and there is a fee for services.

Contact:
Re-integration Services
2222 North 24th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85008
602 685-9703 Ext 208
Web Site: thebeacongroup.org/pages/tetra.php

Contact:
Arizona Workforce Connection
Web Site: http://www.arizonaworkforceconnection.com/

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