About 150 men and women out of the facility's 2,300 made their way around tables staffed by prospective employers, including the City of Austin, the Travis County Human Resources Management Department , Goodwill, Easter Seals, Titus Electric Co. and Iron Lion.
The job fair is one of a variety of job preparation programs launched by Lucy Borrego, the social services program coordinator for the sheriff's department, Hamilton said. Inmates can take classes to learn to prepare a resume and to interview for a job, he said. After 20 years in law enforcement, Hamilton said, he knows that reducing recidivism by inmates requires more than teaching them to fill out an application.
"We need to be talking about re-entry for these people," Hamilton said as inmates gathered brochures and fliers. "We live in a society where some parts of the community want to lock the door and throw away the key; at the same time, they don't want to pay for new prisons. We would be derelict if we didn't try to help individuals try to be successful so they don't come back to us."
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Travis County sponsors in-jail job fair
I'm particularly pleased to see this story about an in-jail job fair sponsored by a religious nonprofit in cooperation with Travis County Sheriff Greg Hamilton. What an excellent idea! Reported the Statesman ("In the county jail, inmates look for a job," Sept. 10):