Reentry Initiatives

Life Skills and Job Readiness Training at Lackawanna County Prison

For over 15 years, EOTC has helped prepare former offenders for successful return to the community. The family members of prisoners are encouraged to participate in EOTC’s community-based programs. EOTC provides a variety of services inside Lackawanna County Prison including:

Criminogenic Risk Assessments
EOTC provides assessments and recommendations for approximately 1,900 County prisoners annually. Based on assessment, each individual is provided with information on resources for productive return to the community.

Life Skills/Reintegration Classes
Each year more than 600 incarcerated men and women participate in EOTC‘s pre-release program.  Classes are voluntary.  Programming includes education in drug/alcohol recovery, anger management, employment readiness, healthy relationships and other life-work skills.

Reentry Improvement Initiative is an intensive 45 day pre-release program serving more than 120 men annually.  Drawing from evidence-based strategies, the cognitive behavioral course addresses addictions recovery, personal responsibility, parenting, workplace literacy, budgeting and other practical skills for positive transition.

Women-in-Transition Mentoring
EOTC facilitates pre- and post-release programming for more than 150 women annually. In addition to classes in life and work skills, the program includes innovative strategies such as artistic expressions and mentoring.    Volunteer community mentors provide supportive relationships to help participants set positive goals and acclimate to the local community.

Post-Release Reintegration

Returning citizens are encouraged to follow-up with program instructors upon release and to participate in services offered at the EOTC Seventh Avenue Center.

Women’s Support Groups meet twice weekly to provide an integrated support system of caring relationships and transitional services that guide and support women returning to the community.

Job Search Support Group meets weekly on Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m.– noon. Our specialists can provide resume assistance, job leads, and other resources to address the complicated issues that arise for men and women during community reentry.

GED Preparation/Educational Tutoring is offered to returning citizens. Individual instruction and practice tests are provided in preparation for the GED exam.

For more information contact EOTC career advisors at 348-6484.
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Jim Mecca teaches employment skills.

Jim Mecca teaches employment skills.

Mickey McConnon and Erica Hubert facilitate Women’s Mentoring.