Indiana Department of Correction Holds Virtual Job Fair for Offenders

(INDIANAPOLIS) – Indiana Department of Correction and Hoosier Initiative for Re-Entry (HIRE) are proud to announce the completion of the 2019’s final Virtual Job Fair for approximately 150 offenders who are soon-to-be-released in Southern Indiana.

Virtual Job Fair participants at Heritage Trail Correctional Facility.

The mission of the Virtual Job Fair is to assist offenders in securing meaningful employment opportunities before being released back to their communities.

Six Southern Indiana employers participated in the Virtual Job Fair, including representatives from Berry Global, JEG Wood Products, and Revere Plastics System. The webinar provided employers the opportunity to discuss their hiring needs to a room full of returning citizens. HIRE coordinators will assist in connecting qualified candidates with interested employers to secure employment prior to their release from an IDOC facility. 

Virtual Job Fair participants at the Edinburgh Correctional Facility.

“Over 90% of the 27,000 offenders in the Indiana Department of Correction will return to our communities,” said HIRE Director Carrie Heck. “Those who don’t have meaningful employment released are up to 78% more likely to re-offend; this is why it’s so important to connect offenders with employers prior to release.”

Approximately 150 offenders participated in this latest Virtual Job Fair. The offenders represented 14 facilities state-wide and tuned into a moderated webinar from their current IDOC facility. During the presentations, a facility moderator shared questions from offenders with participating employers. All participants are within 90 days of their scheduled release date, with priority given to those offenders who have been certified in high demand fields inclusive of welding, building trades and computer coding. 

Employers interested in participating with future Virtual Job Fairs are encouraged to visit the IDOC website or contact HIRE Director Carrie Heck for more information.