Examines the case management staffing structures of 20 grantees of the Linking to Employment Activities Pre-release grants, funded by the U.S. Department of Labor; the grant sought to link justice-involved individuals to jail-based and community-based American Job Centers for employment and career readiness services.

“This issue brief [is part of a] series [that] explores lessons from the evaluation of the Employment and Training Administration’s Linking to Employment Activities Prerelease (LEAP) grants….LEAP pilots the creation of jail-based American Job Centers (AJCs) to support the successful reentry of participants and directly link them to community-based AJCs upon release. The evaluation looks at approaches to providing services before and after incarceration across 20 sites based on site visits, phone interviews, focus groups, and grantee performance reports” (p.1).

“The LEAP grants sought to create a stronger linkage between pre- and post-release employment services for justice-involved individuals. Case management—coordinating services for and working directly with clients—is an important aspect of that linkage….This brief explores the different models used to deliver case management through jail-based AJCs and community-based AJCs and service providers, the benefits and drawbacks of those models, and strategies used to help establish continuity of services after release” (p.1).

“To determine who would provide case management before and after release, the sites used one of three primary configurations:

  1. Jail-based staff serve participants both before and after release from jail” (p.2).
  2. “Participants transition from jail-based staff to community-based staff” (p.2).
  3. “A mix of jail-based and community-based staff provide services after release” (p.2).

“Participants receiving services through the jail-based AJCs worked with case managers both in the jail and for up to one year after release….

  • On average, participants in jail-based AJCs met with a case manager every one to two weeks to receive individualized support and guidance….Most sites provided other employment- and training-related services in group formats in addition to one-on-one counseling” (p.1).
  • “After release, participants in most sites met with case managers every one to two weeks until they secured employment or enrolled in an educational program….Community-based staff facilitated or referred participants to various career services, including job search, job placement, and occupational training. They also helped participants enroll in education, find housing and transportation, and obtain identification cards and other right-to-work documentation” (p.1).
(Abstractor: Author and Website Staff)