Helping Individuals with criminal records Reenter through Employment

Utah

I. Utah Department of Workforce Services

Contact:
Utah Department of Workforce Services
Direct Services Supervisor
1385 South State Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84114
801-468-0228
E-Mail: lmorris@utah.gov
Web Site: www.jobs.utah.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:
Utah Department of Workforce Services
Bonding Services Manager
140 E. 300 South - 5th Fl
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
801-526-9295
801-526-9239 fax
E-Mail: ssteele@utah.gov
Web Site: www.jobs.utah.gov/services/bond.html

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:
Utah Department of Workforce Services
Work Opportunity Tax Credit Specialist
1385 South State Street
P.O. Box 142503
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-2503
801-468-0129
801-468-0130 fax
E-Mail: lwindley@utah.gov
Web Site: www.jobs.utah.gov/employer/Business/wotc.html

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.

New claims for unemployment insurance benefits in Utah can be filed either online or by telephone. The Utah Unemployment Insurance Claims Center’s phone numbers are: 801-526-4400 (Salt Lake and South Davis Counties); 801-612-0877 (Weber and North Davis Counties); 801-375-4067 (Utah County); and 888-848-0688 (other counties and out of state).

Contact:
Unemployment Insurance Division
Department of Workforce Services
P.O. Box 45249
Salt Lake City, UT 84145
801-526-9675
801-536-9211 fax
Web Site: www.jobs.utah.gov/ui/

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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.

Utah Department of Public Safety

Contact:
Bureau of Criminal Identification
3888 West 5400 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84118
(801) 965-4445
Web Site: http://www.publicsafety.utah.gov/bci/

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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
Utah State Capitol Complex
350 North State Street
Suite 230
(801) 366-0260
(801) 538-1121 fax
Web Site: http://attorneygeneral.utah.gov/my_mission.html

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IV. State Department of Corrections

Utah Department of Corrections

Contact:
Administration Building
14717 S. Minuteman Dr.
Draper, UT 84020
801-545-5500
801-545-5670 fax
Web Site: http://corrections.utah.gov/index.html

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V. Division of Field Operations of the Department of Corrections

The Division of Field Operations of the Department of Corrections is responsible for parole supervision in Utah. Parole release and pardon decisions are under the jurisdiction of the Board of Parole and Pardons. Parolees are charged a parole supervision fee based on the available income of the parolee, but may be waived for special circumstances.

Contact:
Board of Pardons and Parole
State of Utah
448 E. Winchester St., Suite 300
Murray, UT 84107
801-261-6464
Web Site: www.bop.utah.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:
Legal Defender Office
424 E. 500 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
801-532-5444

B. Legal Services

Contact:
Utah Legal Services Inc.
254 W. 400 South, 2nd Fl.
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
801-328-8891
801-328-8891 fax
E-Mail: amilne@andjusticeforall.org
Web Site: www.lsc.gov/

C. State Bar Association

Contact:
Utah State Bar
645 S. 200 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84111
801-531-9077
801-531-0660 fax
E-Mail: info@utahbar.org
Web Site: www.utahbar.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.

Department of Workforce Services

Utah’s Department of Workforce Services (DWS) is responsible for the operation of the state’s one-stop centers, DWS Employment Centers. The following services are available through these centers: assessment of skill level, aptitude, and abilities; employment-related services including local education and training service providers; job search and placement assistance; career counseling; up-to-date information on job vacancies, skills needed and information about local employment trends. Information on the location of centers is available on-line or at the Department of Workforce Services.

Contact:
Department of Workforce Services
P.O. Box 45249
Salt Lake City, UT 84145
801-526-9675
801-536-9211 fax
Web Site: http://jobs.utah.gov

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