Helping Individuals with criminal records Reenter through Employment

Wyoming

I. Wyoming Department of Employment

Contact:
Wyoming Department of Employment
122 West 25th St.
Cheyenne, WY 82002
307-777-7672
307-777-7672 fax
Web Site: www.wydoe.state.wy.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.

Contact:
Wyoming Department of Workforce Services
P.O. Box 2760
Casper, WY 82602
307-235-3611
307-235-3293 fax
Web Site: www.wydoe.state.wy.us

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:
Employment Resources Division
Wyoming Department of Employment
P.O. Box 2760
Casper, WY 82602
307-235-3611
307-235-3293 fax
Web Site: www.wydoe.state.wy.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.

Applications for unemployment insurance can be made in person at a Wyoming Employment Center, by phone, or over the internet at www.wyui.doe.state.sy.us.

Contact:
Employment Tax Division
Wyoming Department of Employment
100 W. Midwest
P.O. Box 2760
Casper, WY 82602
307-235-3253
Web Site: www.wydoe.state.wy.us

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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.

Contact:

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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:
Attorney General
123 Capitol Building
200 W. 24th Street
Cheyenne , WY 82002
(307) 777-7841
(307) 777-6869 fax
Web Site: attorneygeneral.state.wy.us

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IV. State Department of Corrections

Prison Industries

Contact:
Lynn McAuley, Manager
1934 Wyott Drive
Suite 100
Cheyenne, WY
(307) 777-3742
(307) 777-7476 fax
E-Mail: lmcaul@woc.state.wy.us
Web Site: http://doc.state.wy.us/prisonindustries/index.html

Community Corrections

Division of Field Services is a division of the Wyoming Department of Corrections. This Division is responsible for the supervision of all Wyoming probationers and parolees. Wyoming has three adult community corrections centers: Cheyenne Transitional Center (www.avaloncorrections.com), Casper Reentry Center (www.cecintl.com) and Gillete/Volunteers of America (www.voa.org/get-help/national-network-of-services/corrections).

Contact:
Les Pozsgi, Field Services Administrator
1934 Wyott Drive
Suite 100
Cheyenne, WY 82002
(307) 777-3742
(307) 777-7476 fax
E-Mail: www.corrections.wy.gov/doc/contactfieldservices

Division of Prisons

The Division of Prisons is responsible for the supervision control, safety, work and custody of incarcerated persons located in four state-operated correctional facilities, privately-run adult community corrections facilities, and out-of-state placements.

Contact:
Dan Shannon, Administrator
1934 Wyott Drive
Suite 100
Cheyenne, WY 82002
(307) 777-3742
Web Site: www.corrections.wy.gov/services/transition

Field Services Reentry Division

Contact:
Robert S. Doty
Field Services Division of Reentry
Community Based Program Manager
1934 Wyott Drive
Suite 100
Cheyenne, WY 82002
(307) 777-6147
E-Mail: rdoty@wdoc.state.wy.us
Web Site: http://doc.state.wy.us/services/transition.html

Prison Divison of Reentry

Contact:
Christy Hahn
Reentry Program Manager
1934 Wyott Drive
Suite 100
Cheyenne, WY 82002
(307) 777-3775

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V. Division of Field Services

Division of Field Services is a division of the Wyoming Department of Corrections. the Division is responsible for the supervision of all Wyoming probationers and parolees.

Contact:
Les Pozsgi
Division of Field Services
Wyoming Department of Corrections
700 West 21st St.
Cheyenne, WY 82002
307-777-3742
Web Site: http://corrections.wy.gov/fieldservices/index.html

 

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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:
Statewide Public Defenders
2020 Care Ave., 3rd Floor
Cheyenne, WY 82002
307-777-7123
307-777-6523 fax
Web Site: www.wyodefender.state.wy.us/

B. Legal Services

Contact:
Legal Services Program
University of Wyoming
P.O. Box 3035
Laramie, WY 82071
307-766-2104

C. State Bar Association

Contact:
Wyoming State Bar
500 Randall Ave.
P.O. Box 109
Cheyenne, WY 82003
307-632-9061
307-632-3737 fax
Web Site: www.wyomingbar.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.

Employment Resource Center

Employment Resource Centers are the One-Stop Career centers in Wyoming run by the Department of Employment. In addition to announcements of the most recent job openings for both state and private employers, the resource centers offer trained staff to assist in job searches. Many other tools to help find employment are available, including seminars on special topics such as how to interview for a job and special programs for veterans.

Contact:
Employment Resources Division
Wyoming Department of Employment
P.O. Box 2760
Casper, WY 82602
307-235-3200
Web Site: www.wydoe.state.wy.us/doe

Community Action of Laramie County

Community Action of Laramie county provides workshops that address self-sufficiency issues including: self-image and performance; conflict and stress management; assertiveness training; career choices; and budgeting. It also provides housing assistance.

Contact:
Community Action of Laramie County
1620 Central Ave., Suite 300
Cheyenne, WY 82001
307-635-9291
307-638-4442 fax
Web Site: www.calc.net

Human Services Commission of Natrona County

Human Services Commission of Natrona Count provides outreach, advocacy, emergency services, self-sufficiency services, employment and training, housing, and volunteer services.

Contact:
Human Services Commission of Natrona County
800 Werner Court, Suite 201
Casper, WY 82601
307-232-0124
307-232-0145 fax
Web Site: www.hscnc.org

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