- Incorporate Strategic Planning – Strategic Planning is the cornerstone of implementing and sustaining reentry-focused performance excellence. It is the process of defining your organization’s direction and making decision in support of that strategy.
- Maintain Financial Sustainability – Self-sufficiency and sustainability are essential to meet current and future obligations ensuring the long-term viability of a Correctional Industries program.
- Recruit, Develop and Retain Staff – It is important to recruit individuals capable of performing the job today with the capacity to grow to meet the future needs of the organization. Staff as technical experts, work coaches and mentors are critical to the overall success of a Correctional Industries program.
- Engage Stakeholders – Correctional industries operate within three spheres of influence: Government, Business and Societal. It is important to understand stakeholder requirements and the impact of each one, as well as their relationship to each other.
- Replicate Private Industry Environment – The more Correctional Industries utilize the same processes, controls, equipment and procedures as private industry, the better prepared the offender will be to find employment and successfully transition to the private sector.
- Implement Certificate Based Soft Skills Training – A certificate based training process creates standards and structure for soft skills attainment. These skills, reinforced through the Correctional Industries environment can significantly improve offender behavior while incarcerated and promote successful reentry.
- Provide Certified Technical Skills Training – Certifications earned through technical skills training are a reliable predictor of workplace success and are essential to gainful attachment to the workforce upon release.
- Maximize Offender Job Opportunities – Providing the greatest number of job opportunities for the offender population is critical to the overall impact that Correctional Industries has on reentry and recidivism.
- Create a Culture of Offender Employment Readiness and Retention – Creating a culture focused on offender reentry success through employment readiness leads to employability and job retention after release.
- Provide Post Release Employment Services – Post-release employment services support gainful attachment to the workforce. Continued engagement after job placement promotes retention, re-employment in the event of job loss, and assists with advancement opportunities.