Jericho is a one-year reentry program serving up to 250 formerly-incarcerated men, between the ages of 18 and 65, per year. The program assists previously incarcerated men who have recently been released reestablish themselves in their communities. Clients are primarily from East Baltimore, and may not have a sexual offense on record.
Since 2006, Jericho has been funded through a number of federal, state, and local grants. Those awards have enabled Jericho to develop a successful track record of working with this population. The program has filled a much-needed gap in Baltimore City; through both hard- and soft-skills training, workshops, and certification programs we have successfully equipped our clients with the tools they need to succeed.
Clients enroll in Jericho either “behind-the-fence” prior to release, are referred by parole officers, Case Managers, or Transition Coordinators corrections officers, or find the program through word of mouth and/or local one-stop reentry services. Clients attend a two-week Employment Readiness Training session that helps prepare them for employment through job development skills, skills and needs assessments, education evaluations, and interpersonal skill development. Clients learn how to write a resume, how to search for jobs online, and set up an email address. Clients are expected to be on time and follow a dress code. This format mimics a typical work setting and teaches clients accountability, mimicking a typical work setting and teaching clients accountability.
Upon completion of the two-week program, clients work with their Case Managers to identify and apply for work in an appropriate field. Case Managers help participants obtain support services where necessary, including mental health and/or substance abuse counseling, bus passes, identification, GED obtainment, specific job skills training, work-appropriate clothing, PAC application, and other key assistance that prevents clients from recidivating and helps them to rebuild their lives in a positive manner.
Throughout participation in the program, clients are encouraged to check in with their Case Managers and attend weekly mentoring sessions. Clients work to develop the first tier (high school graduate or GED recipient) of required workforce skill, and receive assistance with skills such as literacy, written communication, and problem solving. Clients may also receive special vocational training, transitional housing, support services, and job placement opportunities with a goal of working towards long-term employment and/or achieving a Livable Wage.
Jericho seeks to engage clients in growing industries, such as the food service and deconstruction, and works closely with local partner organizations and businesses for training and employment opportunities. Jericho’s one-year recidivism rate is 11.6 percent, which is significantly lower than the state level. Intensive case management and the rapid-attachment-to-work model follow established best-practices for preventing recidivism. Benchmarks include client enrollment and attendance, job placement, and recidivism rates.
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This manual, funded by a grant to ECSM from the United States Department of Labor ETA, was a collaboration with Baltimore's Safe and Sound Campaign and based on a previous publication from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. It is a training manual intended for deconstruction crews. Dennis Livingston, Community Resources; and Lowell Larseon, Greater Greenmount Community Association; worked with local contributors to research, update, and write this adaptation. This document is free for download and use. This manual is Copyright 2011, Episcopal Community Services of Maryland (ECSM), and cannot be changed or modified without express permission of ECSM.
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