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Francina Carter 


Thursday, June 3, 1010, 10 am Pacific, 11 am Mountain, Noon Central, 1 pm EST, 2 pm Atlantic, 7 pm Zurich, 8 pm Istanbul

Career Development Strategies for People with Criminal Records

 Employment is an important part of the reentry process for individuals returning to the community from jail or prison. People with criminal records face many barriers as they seek employment, including the stigma of a criminal conviction. In addition, there may be restrictions on the nature of employment they may obtain. In working with a client with a criminal record, it is important to coach the client to address this issue appropriately.


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Career Development for People with Criminal Records


Exercise:  Find Contacts for Your State

 Go to the National HIRE Network website at www.hirenetwork.org/resource.html  to find the following contacts for your state:

  • Federal Bonding Program
  • Work Opportunity Tax Credit
  • Criminal Record Repository
  • State Attorney General
  • Local Service Providers

Additional Resources

For additional resources on Offender Workforce Development, go to the National Institute of Corrections' website, www.nicic.org...



 Francina Carter is a Correctional Program Specialist, National Institute of Corrections, Offender Workforce Development. Francina joined NIC in 2003 on an Interagency Personnel Act (IPA) contract between NIC and the Minnesota Department of Corrections. Since then, Francina has worked as a correctional program specialist with the Offender Workforce Development Division (OWD), nicic.gov. Francina's primary focus is on providing training and information to help offender employment specialists in both the public and private sectors with assisting offenders to find and retain employment. Francina is certified through the Center for Credentialing and Education as a global career development facilitator (GCDF) and through the National Career Development Association as a GCDF instructor and trainer. She is also certified through the Career Planning and Adult Development Network as a Job and Career Transition Coach.



Francina C. Carter

National Insitute of Corrections

Transition and Offender Workforce Development

Toll Free:  800-995-6423, ext. 40117

Website: www.NICIC.org

Email:  fcarter @bop.gov


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Opening Instructions for Listeners

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 This is Dr. Sally Gelardin with Careerwell Tele-Interviews. I am pleased welcome Francina Carter, a Correctional Program Specialist with the National Institute of Corrections, Offender Workforce Development. Welcome Francina.


Francina works with the Offender Workforce Development Division (OWD) of the National Institute of Corrections.  The website is nicic.gov. Her primary focus is to provide training and information to help offender employment specialists in both the public and private sectors with assisting offenders to find and retain employment.


I have asked Francina to speak today to our listeners, not only offender employment specialists, but also career counselors, coaches and human resource advisors in a variety of work settings because, as Francina pointed out before the interview, all career advisors will probably have as their clients at least one and most likely many more clients with a criminal record, during their career.  What are the exact percentage in the U.S., Francina, of individuals with a criminal record?

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Interview Questions


  1. What kinds of employment restrictions exist for people who have a criminal record?
  2. How can coaches find out about the individual's criminal record as it relates to preparing for employment?
  3. When is career exploration important?
  4. What are some of the job readiness issues for people who have a criminal record?
  5. Are there any incentives for employers to hire people with criminal records?
  6. What is the average time it takes for an individual with a criminal record to find work with the help of a career advisor?
  7. Considering the state of the economy, do you think it is helpful for individuals with criminal records to start their own business?
  8. Are there any parts of the country where it is easier to get a job? (LAC.org)
  9. Are there any types of jobs that are more open to people with criminal records?
  10. What about white collar crimes?  What opportunities are open to people in that type of ex-offender?
  11. How can career practitioners be advocates for clients who are ex-offenders in their state?
  12. What kinds of collaborative efforts can career practitioners make to find jobs for ex-offenders?
  13. Why are their such large numbers of ex-offenders being released from prisons (2008 per year)?  How job-ready are they?  What are the consequences if they are not job-ready?
  14. Who is doing positive things to provide jobs for ex-offenders? (Human interest Catch me if you can?  Frank A   (white collar crime), chef (Jeff Henderson, top chef at bullagio, reality show learn to be caterers, scholarship to culinary arts)
  15. How can listeners find out about the Offender Workforce Development Specialist training that your department co-sponsors with NCDA? Who would qualify to be part of that program?
  16. What other resources are available to career practitioners?
  17. What is Offender Employment Specialist (on DVD)? How is it different from OWD Specialist training?
  18. What parting words of advice would you like to leave us with today?


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Here's a preview of upcoming June Tele-Interviews...

  • June 10, 2010, Edward Voris, Nader Robert Shabahangi, Patrick Fox, will discuss Attitudinal Expansion and Openness to the Diversity that Surrounds Us:  Lessons from Alzheimer's Disease. Edward Voris,  worked in construction industry and affordable housing before he became afflicted with Alzheimers; Nader Robert Shabahani, licensed psychotherapist and author, founded the Pacific Institute and AgeSong assisted living communities; Patrick Fox is a professor of Medical Sociology and Health Policy, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Co-Director of the Institute for Health & Aging at the University of California, San Francisco.
  • June 24, 2010,  Phil Jarvis, co-founder of the National Life/Work Center, and author of computerized career systems, has a global outlook on career development. He co-authored the Blueprint for Life/Work Designs, was founding national coordinator of the Canada Career Information Partnership, was founding president of Canada WorkinfoNet, and is co-creator and international partnership coordinator for The Real Game Series. He will discuss preventing The Perfect Talent Storm, by preparing young people for success in work and life, and up-skilling adults.
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