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Santa Barbara County launches Prison to Employment program


SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - A new program in Santa Barbara County aims to increase employment opportunities for people on probation.

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors approved a contract to provide employment development and subsidized employment services through the Prison to Employment (P2E) program.

P2E services are targeted to people reentering the community from local jails and state prisons and are intended to improve employment outcomes and reduce recidivism.

The program will strengthen the link between the state workforce and corrections systems by providing direct and supportive services.

These services include outreach, education, training, intake assessment, enrollment, subsidized employment and intensive career coaching.

Clients will be identified at the Probation Report and Resource Centers, complete a job readiness class and referred to the P2E program.

The Santa Barbara County Probation Department has partnered with the Workforce Development Board, Department of Social Services, and Goodwill Industries to build the program.

Through grant funding provided by the Department of Social Services and the Workforce Development Board, Probation will enter into an Agreement with Goodwill Industries to implement the P2E program.

For more information about the County of Santa Barbara Probation Department, click here.

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