This program runs twice a week for eight weeks. There are 20 offenders per class. It provides offenders with the skills they need to interact with employers.
Life skills classes taught include attitudes, job-search techniques, cover letters and resume writing, interviewing, CORI checks and federal bonding.
The 90-minute pre-release class instructs offenders about the social services available to them in their communities. The coordinator constantly updates the information presented. Offenders learn the locales for halfway houses, self-help groups, community mental health agencies, transitional housing, substance-abuse treatment programs, outpatient appointments and the machinations of Massachusetts health insurance.
Eighty-two offenders completed the life skills program last year, while 487 attended the pre-release class.