Helping Individuals with criminal records Reenter through Employment

Kentucky

I. Kentucky Cabinet for Workforce Development

Contact:
Cabinet for Workforce Development
500 Mero Street
Capital Plaza Tower, 2nd Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
502-564-6606
502-564-7967 fax
Web Site: www.kycwd.org

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:

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:
Cabinet for Workforce Development
Department for Employment Services
Division of Field Services
275 East Main Street , 2W
Frankfort, KY 40621
502-564-7456
502-564-7459 fax

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:
Cabinet for Workforce Development
Department for Employment Services and Unemployment Insurance
275 East Main Street
Frankfort, KY 40621
502-564-2900
Web Site: www.workforce.ky.gov/

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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 must submit a written request explaining why they need a copy of their criminal history (i.e. employment, licensing, etc.) along with a check or money order for $10. The search will take two to three weeks to be processed.

Contact:
Kentucky State Police
Records Branch
1250 Louisville Road
Frankfort, KY 40601
502-227-8700

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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
Office of the Kentucky Attorney General
700 Capitol Avenue, Suite 118
Frankfort, KY 40601
502-696-5300
502-564-2894 fax
Web Site: ag.ky.gov/

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IV. State Department of Corrections

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V. Kentucky Department of Corrections

Division of Probation and Parole

The primary function of the Division of Probation & Parole is to supervise offenders who have been placed on probation or parole. Parole officers provide rehabilitation services to parolees and assistance in employment and home placement. The counties are organized into 13 supervisory districts. Parolees are referred to halfway houses if they do not have a place to live upon release, do not have a job, or both. Parolees placed in one of 11 houses under contract with the state are assisted by house staff and the local probation and parole officers in seeking employment.

Contact:
Division of Probation and Parole
Kentucky Department of Corrections
2349 Lawrenceburg Road
Frankfort, KY 40602
502-564-4221
502-564-5783 fax
Web Site: www.corrections.ky.gov/

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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:
Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy
100 Fair Oaks Lane, Suite 302
Frankfort, KY 40601
502-564-8006
502-564-7890 fax
Web Site: www.dpa.state.ky.us/

B. Legal Services

Contact:
Appalred
120 North Front Avenue
Prestonsburg, KY 41653
606-886-3876

Contact:
Legal Aid of the Bluegrass
498 Georgetown Street
P.O. Box 12947
Lexington, KY 40583
859-233-4556
859-233-1907 fax

Contact:
Kentucky Legal Aid
520 E. Main Street
P.O. Box 1776
Bowling Green, KY 42102
270-782-1924
270-782-1993 fax
E-Mail: klaid@klaid.org
Web Site: www.klaid.org

Contact:
Legal Aid Society, Inc.
425 West Muhammad Ali Boulevard
Louisville, KY 40202
502-584-1254
502-584-8014 fax

Contact:
Northern Kentucky Legal Aid Society
302 Greenup Street
Covington, KY 41011
859-431-8200
859-431-3009 fax

The Office of Kentucky Legal Services Programs (OKLSP) is a small Lexington-based non-profit organization formed by Kentucky legal services programs to: coordinate task forces of legal services attorneys and paralegals; monitor and report on changes in poverty law; provide training to legal services staff and clients on special topics, especially welfare; and respond to requests from legislators and state officials to comment on policy issues.

Contact:
Office of Kentucky Legal Services Programs
210 West Short Street, Suite 310
Lexington, KY 40507
859-233-3057
859-255-6227 fax

C. State Bar Association

Contact:
Kentucky Bar Association
514 West Main Street
Frankfort, KY 40601-1883
502-564-3795
502-564-3225 fax
Web Site: www.kybar.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 Service Centers

One-Stop Service Centers in Kentucky are administered by the Kentucky Department for Training and ReEmployment within the Cabinet for Workforce Development. There are three levels of services that eligible adults and dislocated workers can access at a One-Stop center. Core services include outreach, intake, eligibility determination, orientation to services, initial assessment of skills, aptitudes and support service needs, career counseling, job search and placement assistance. Intensive services include comprehensive and specialized assessment, development of an individual employment plan with group counseling and case management. Training services include occupational skills training, skill upgrading and retraining, adult education and literacy activities.

Contact:
Kentucky Department for Training and ReEmployment
209 St. Clair St., 4th Floor
Frankfort, KY 40601
502-564-5360
502-564-8974 fax
Web Site: dtr.ky.gov/index.htm#Contact%20Information

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