Helping Individuals with criminal records Reenter through Employment

Nevada

I. Nevada Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation

Contact:
Nevada Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation
500 E. Third St.
Carson City, NV 89713
Web Site: www.detr.state.nv.us

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.

Nevada does not participate in the bonding program. Information on how bonds may be purchased is available from the federal bonding office.

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:
Work Opportunity Tax Credit Program Coordinator
Employment Security Division
Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation
500 E. Third St.
Carson City, NV 89713
775-684-0321
Web Site: detr.state.nv.us/

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.

All unemployment matters are handled through an automated telephone system or over the Internet. Forms and information may be obtained at any local One Stop Center and via the Internet at the web site below. (Also see Section VII of this site “Local Service Providers.”) Northern Nevada: 775-684-0350 Nevada: 702-486-0350 Rural Nevada: 888-890-8211 Web Site: www.detr.state.nv.us/uiben/uiben_uiben.htm To place a claim: http://www.ui.nvjoblink.org/index.htm

Contact:
Employment Security Division
Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation
500 E. Third St.
Carson City, NV 89713
775-684-0321
E-Mail: DETRUI@nvdetr.org
Web Site: www.detr.state.nv.us/uiben/uiben_uiben.htm

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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.

The subject of a Nevada criminal record can obtain a copy by completing form NHP-006, a fingerprint card with the subject’s fingerprint impressions, and a money order or certified check for $15 made payable to the “Nevada Highway Patrol.”

Contact:
Nevada Department of Public Safety
Nevada Highway Patrol
Records and Identification Bureau
808 West Nye Lane
Carson City, NV 89703
775-687-1600
Web Site: nvrepository.state.nv.us/

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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
100 North Carson St.
Carson City, NV 89701
775-684-1100
775-684-1108 fax
Web Site: ag.state.nv.us/

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IV. State Department of Corrections

Contact:

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V. Nevada Parole and Probation

Division officers supervise and monitor the activities of parolees and probationers. They assist and encourage offenders to make acceptable adjustments within the community. The Division arranges educational programs, and assists parolees and probationers in obtaining employment. Individual officers identify offender needs and make referrals to state and local government and community-based agencies.

Contact:
Nevada Parole and Probation
1445 Hot Springs Rd.
Carson City, NV 89710
775-687-5040
775-687-5402 fax
Web Site: npp.dps.nv.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

Public Defender's Office for Carson City and Storey County:

Contact:
Nevada State Public Defender
511 E. Robinson St. #1
Carson City, NV 89701
775-687-4880 ext 230
775-687-4993 fax

Public Defender's Office for Eureka, Lincoln, and White Pine Counties:

Contact:
Supervising Deputy State Public Defender
P.O. Box 151690
737 Avenue G
Ely, NV 89315
775-289-1680
775-289-1681 fax

Public Defender's Office for Humboldt and Pershing Counties:

Contact:
Supervising Deputy Public Defender
P.O. Drawer 309
Winnemucca, NV 89446
775-623-6550
Web Site: www.hr.state.nv.us/pdefenders.htm

B. Legal Services

Contact:
Nevada Legal Services, Inc.
Carson City / Rural Office
111 W. Telegraph St., Suite 200
Carson City, NV 89703
775-883-0404 or 800-323-8666
775-883-7074 fax

Contact:
Nevada Legal Services, Inc.
Clark County Office
530 South 6th St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
702-386-1070 or 800-522-1070
702-388-1641 fax
E-Mail: nlslaw@nlslaw.net
Web Site: www.nlslaw.net

Contact:
Volunteer Attorneys for Rural Nevadans
111 W. Telegraph, Suite 200
P.O. Box 365
Carson City, NV 89702
775-883-0404 or 800-323-8666
775-883-7074 fax
E-Mail: varn@law.com
Web Site: www.varn.org

C. State Bar Association

Contact:
State Bar of Nevada
600 East Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89104
702-382-2200 or, for referral services, 800-789-5747 (in-state)
702-385-2878 fax
E-Mail: ileanav@nvbar.org
Web Site: www.nvbar.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.

Nevada JobConnect

Nevada JobConnect is charged with overseeing and providing workforce development services to employers and job seekers in Nevada. For employers, Nevada JobConnect offers recruiting, retention, training and retraining, and outplacement services, as well as valuable information on labor law and labor market statistics. For job seekers, Nevada JobConnect offers career development information, job search resources, training programs, and, as appropriate, unemployment benefits. Targeted populations may be eligible to receive intensive assistance to overcome barriers to employment. A list of local JobConnect sites is available at: http://detr.state.nv.us/es/es_office.htm.

Contact:
Web Site: www.nevadajobconnect.com

Las Vegas Reentry Program

The Las Vegas Reentry Program assists participating inmates in Nevada state facilities who are three to six months away from release through referrals from criminal justice agencies, including the District Attorney, police, probation and parole, and walk-ins. Participants are provided with a psychological assessment, a life skills program, transitional assistance, and a variety of other services including employment service referrals to other agencies.

Contact:
Las Vegas Reentry Program
930 West Owens Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89106

Ridge House, Inc.

Ridge House offers a three-month residential substance abuse treatment program and an outpatient program that solely serves individuals with criminal histories and parolees recently released from prison. The residential program includes a six-week career-counseling program taught by an expert. The course involves an assessment process to help participants determine their strengths, role-playing to help raise self-confidence, classes on computers, resume writing, life skills training, and guidance on appropriate dress. Most program participants are referred to the program by caseworkers in the facilities or by parole officers. The program also offers applications in the facilities and does other outreach. At present, Ridge House operates facilities in seven locations, four in northern Nevada and three in the south. It is also looking to collaborate with organizations in rural areas and is very willing to share its formula with other organizations.

Contact:
Ridge House
275 Hill St., Suite 281
Reno, NV 89501
775-322-8941
E-Mail: ridgehouse@aol.com

Transitional Living Communities

Transitional Living Communities (TLC) has a variety of locations that assist clients with substance abuse problems, including one location, V2, which serves as a halfway house for individuals on parole, probation, and minimum supervision. TLC provides a 90-day substance abuse program that participants, other than at V2, are free to leave at any time. Participants are provided with inexpensive, transitional housing (negotiable at $90 a month and no cost up-front). TLC also offers job-seeking assistance. Participants in the V2 program must have jobs and the program works with a temp-to-perm staffing agency to help clients, although most clients have little trouble finding work.

Contact:
Transitional Living Communities
210 N. 10th St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
702-387-3131

EVOLVE

EVOLVE (Educational and Vocational Opportunities Leading to Valuable Experience) offers motivational counseling, case management, vocational education and job placement to individuals with criminal histories. Services available include resume preparation, interview techniques and mentorship.

Contact:
EVOLVE
1971 Stella Lake Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89106
702-638-6371
702-638-6374 fax

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