Re-entry Customers - Striving for Success

on Wednesday - July 17, 2013.

Written by Laura Wilson, PA CareerLink of Lancaster County

Re-entry Customers - Striving for Success

In January 2012 the PA CareerLink of Lancaster County officially began to offer Re-Entry Services to clients who are currently seeking employment. Re-entry clients are men and women who have a criminal background, some whose offense may have been twenty or more years ago and others that are more current. Re-entry clients have satisfied all of the requirements asked of them by the law, probation and the courts and just like many other clients at the PA CareerLink are seeking job training options and employment. Although reentry clients may have satisfied all of the requirements put forth by the law, often there are additional barriers and stigmas attached to a person with a Criminal record. . . 

American Bar Association highlights collateral consequences of criminal records

on Thursday - June 27, 2013.

A recent article by the American Bar Association draws attention to the collateral consequences faced by people with a criminal record 

Here's how the article describes collateral consequences:

"any consequences of conviction not handed down by a court. They include a multitude of legal restrictions, the best known of which might be loss of the rights to vote and own a firearm. Collateral consequences also include the unofficial social stigmas that confront ex-offenders, such as trouble finding a job and the damage prison does to the ex-con's skills and abilities."

IU-13 and Lancaster County RMO Receive US Dept of Education grant for reentry education

on Wednesday - June 05, 2013.

Lancaster-Lebanon IU-13 in partnership with the Lancaster County Reentry Management Organization has received a US Department of Education grant for reentry education that will enable us to expand access to adult education, GED preparation classes, occupational skills trainings, and career and education planning for people being released from prison back into Lancaster County. The grant will also allow for expansion of GED preparation and adult education services already offered by IU 13 inside Lancaster County Prison. This two year grant begins on July 1, 2013 and will continue until June, 2015. Lancaster County received one of only three grants awarded across the entire United States. Other grant recipients are community colleges in Wisconsin and Kansas.

Planning is currently underway for the expansion of these services under the grant. Questions can be directed to Trish Link at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Melanie Snyder at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information about the US Department of Education's Reentry Education Model, see:

Job Fair at PA CareerLink of Lancaster County

on Thursday - March 07, 2013.

One of our major RMO partners, the PA CareerLink of Lancaster County, is hosting a Job Fair with over 50 employers on:

March 13, 2013

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

PA CareerLink

1016 N. Charlotte Street
Lancaster, PA  17603

For tips on how to navigate a Job Fair successfully, see this article from the CareerLink website:

On that same web page, you'll find tips for preparing a resume for the job fair.

And on our RMO website page "Resources for Returning Citizens and Their Families", you'll find other tips related to employment, especially for those who have a criminal background.  

Collateral Consequences Database launched by American Bar Association

on Tuesday - September 25, 2012.

Even after someone has served their sentence for a criminal conviction, they may be restricted from certain jobs or occupations, restricted from receiving certain government benefits, denied access to certain educational programs or types of housing, and remain under other penalties or consequences.  Returning citizens, their families and the professionals who work with them may not even be aware of or understand these restrictions or know which ones apply or don't apply to their situation.

The American Bar Association has created a new online, searchable database containing information on federal and state restrictions on employment, housing, education, voting rights, family/parental rights, occupational licenses, government benefits and other restrictions on people convicted of various crimes.  The ABA created this database as part of an effort to document the extensive and often confusing federal and state laws that impose "collateral consequences" of a criminal conviction. 

The ABA site defines "collateral consequences" this way:

"Collateral consequences are the penalties, disabilities, or disadvantages imposed upon a person as a result of a criminal conviction, either automatically by operation of law or by authorized action of an administrative agency or court on a case by case basis. Collateral consequences are distinguished from the direct consequences imposed as part of the court's judgment at sentencing, which include terms of imprisonment or community supervision, or fines. Put another way, collateral consequences are opportunities and benefits that are no longer fully available to a person, or legal restrictions a person may operate under, because of their criminal conviction."  (from the "User Guide / Frequently Asked Questions" document)

At this point, the database contains information on collateral consequences in 9 states.  They will continue to document and upload information on other states in the coming weeks and months.  

Access the Collateral Consequences Database here