Next, ex-prisoners are not entitled to be reimbursed upon release from prison for monies that were deducted from their inmate accounts for room, board, court-ordered restitution, fines, etc. from jobs they held which allowed them to earn money above the prevailing WIPP (Work Incentive Pay Plan) wages. WIPP wages are allocated to be from 10 - 50 cents/hour, depending upon the job assignment. Arizona state law provides that inmates who work at certain contract labor, ACI (Arizona Correctional Industries) or other minimum-wage-type jobs are required to pay room, board, court-ordered restitution or fines, etc. Even with these deductions, inmates who hold these jobs still come out ahead of those who work for WIPP wages. For some reason, a rumor has circulated among prisoners that, once released, an ex-offender is entitled to apply for reimbursement of the above listed statutory deductions. This is an absurd proposition, but the rumor persists.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Information for Persons
With a Felony Record
JUST PUBLISHED (2012) : The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ( EEOC) has published "ENFORCEMENT GUIDANCE ON THE CONSIDERATION OF ARREST AND CONVICTION REOCRDS IN EMPLOYMENT DECISIONS UNDER TITLE VII OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACTS OF 1964" (as amended) under 42 U.S.C. Section 2000e. The Guidance consolidates and supersedes the Commission's 1987 and 1990 policy statements on this issue, as well as the discussion in Section VI.B.2 of the "Race and Color Discrimination Compliance Manual Chapter." It is designed to be a resource for employers, employment agencies, and unions covered by Title VII, but it also is an excellent informational source for applicants and employees, as well as for EEOC enforcement staff. KNOW YOUR RIGHTS!
Here's the link: EEOC: New Information on Hiring Those With Criminal Records
It is unlawful to disqualify a person of one race for having a conviction or arrest record while not disqualifying a person of another race with a similar record. For example, an employer cannot reject Black applicants who have conviction records when it does not reject similarly situated White applicants.
In addition to avoiding disparate treatment in rejecting persons based on conviction or arrest records, upon a showing of disparate impact, employers must also be able to justify such criteria as job-related and consistent with business necessity. This means that, with respect to conviction records, the employer must show that it considered the following three factors: (1) the nature and gravity of the offense(s); (2) the time that has passed since the conviction and/or completion of the sentence; and (3) the nature of the job held or sought. A blanket exclusion of persons convicted of any crime thus would not be job-related and consistent with business necessity. Instead, the above factors must be applied to each circumstance. Generally, employers will be able to "justify" their decision not to hire an ex-felon (or even interview one) when the conduct that was the basis of the conviction is related to the position for which he/she is applying, or if the conduct was particularly egregious.
Unfortunately, unless a potential employer tells you, "We have a policy never to hire ex-felons," very little of the above can be applied or proven because most job applications ask about a felony conviction. Once the box on the application is marked "yes," the applicant is simply not interviewed and cannot prove that the reason he was rejected was because of the felony record. If a person provides false information about a former felony record, there are always subject to termination and, in some cases, prosecution for lying on an application. We recommend leaving the box/question blank, on the hopes that by the time the interviewer notices it, the applicant will be engaged in an in-person interview and can answer the question truthfully, but also try to convince the employer why he/she would be a good employee based upon all that he/she has overcome, etc.
Arrest records, as opposed to conviction records, are treated slightly differently. While a conviction record constitutes reliable evidence that a person engaged in the conduct alleged (i.e., convictions require proof beyond a reasonable doubt, even for those who are convicted via a plea agreement), an arrest without a conviction does not establish that a person actually engaged in misconduct/violation of the law. Thus, when a policy or practice of rejecting applicants based on arrest records has a disparate impact on a protected class, the arrest records must not be related to the job at issue, but the employer must also evaluate whether the applicant or employee actually engaged in the misconduct. It can do this by giving the applicant the opportunity to explain and by making follow-up inquiries necessary to evaluate his/her credibility.
Other employment policies that relate to off-the-job employee conduct also are subject to challenge under the disparate impact approach, such as policies related to employees' credit history. People of color have also challenged, under the disparate impact theory, employer policies of discharging persons whose wages have been garnished to satisfy creditors' judgments.
If you believe you have a claim for illegal discrimination due to your felony record, and after having read the information above, call Orlando Garcia, Intake Supervisor, (602) 640-5036 or Krista Watson, Program Manager, (602) 640-4995, at the Phoenix EEOC office. If you know of a company that has a blanket policy to prohibit hiring ex-felons, please contact one of the above persons at the EEOC.
(The above information was primarily provided by the Arizona Equal Employment Opportunity Commission).
MIDDLE GROUND PRISON REFORM'S POSITION
many years, we at Middle Ground have been suggesting
to state government officials that there needs to
be a "one stop" location for released offenders
to visit in each county in order to obtain ID, driver's
licenses, duplicate social security cards, sign up
for AHCCCS, etc. In addition, we believe that bus
tokens and a telephone calling card should be provided
upon release. Also, inmates need to have health
care needs taken care of prior to leaving their prison
unit, especially if they have chronic health care
conditions or are taking medication for serious mental
or physical needs. We also have advocated for
an increase in the current $50 "gate money."
( See our "Dollars, Sentences and Long-Term
Public Safety" report which can be downloaded
from the home page). It only makes sense to
facilitate a smooth-as-possible transition from incarceration
to the free world, and for those offenders who are
released without benefit of family or friends, the
obstacles can be overwhelming.
NEXT, let's deal with the reality of prisoner employment and re-entry. Finding employment is one of the most vital reintegration challenges ex-prisoners face, and one that impacts almost everything else they do: where they live and under what circumstances, ability to provide for transportation, ability to provide for their families and other responsibilities, etc. In a recent study prepared for the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority by Vera Kachnowski (August 2005), there were certain "predictors" for those who would be able to find work after release. They included: (1) the person had worked prior to going to prison; (2) the person was involved in work release jobs while in prison; (3) the person had debts to take care of (such as child support obligations, etc.) after release; and, (4) the person had a good perception of his/her neighborhood for finding a job. On the other hand, those who didn't fare so well in the post-release job hunt had the following characteristics: (1) negative peer influences prior to prison; (2) high numbers or prior release revocations; (3) no intimate partner after release; (4) used drugs or alcohol to intoxication after release; (5) assessed drug selling/dealing to be a problem in their immediate neighborhood/surroundings.
THE COLLATERAL CONSEQUENCES OF A FELONY CONVICTION
The defense attorney rarely thinks about it, much less knows about it. The prosecutor doesn't care. The Judge isn't legally bound to tell you about it, and you don't get the information until you get out of prison or jail and begin trying to put your life back together again. What is "it"? The collateral consequence(s) of a felony conviction . . . the "extra" punishment -- imposed from outside the formal judicial process -- that is directed toward someone with a felony conviction which affects almost every aspect of their life, sometimes for the REMAINDER of their life. Denial of jobs. Housing restrictions. Ineligibility for certain government loans or grants. Ineligibility for military service, holding certain public offices. The list goes on. We refer to it as the "mark of Cain."
In Arizona, certain professions or jobs require a fingerprint clearance card (SEE ARS 41-1758.03). The Arizona Board of Fingerprinting can conduct a "good cause" exception hearing if you are initially denied a fingerprint clearance card for a certain job, but some crimes preclude a fingerprint clearance card altogether (no exceptions).
If you have been convicted of just one of the following crimes (or even if you've been charged and are awaiting trial on the following crimes, or if you been convicted of attempting to or conspiring to commit one of the following crimes, in Arizona or in another state), you are precluded from obtaining a fingerprint clearance card, but are permitted to petition the board of fingerprints for a "good cause" exception, as outlined in ARS 41-619.55:
Manslaughter; Endangerment; Threatening or intimidating; Assault; Unlawfully administering intoxicating liquors, narcotic drugs or dangerous drugs; Assault by vicious animals; Drive-by shooting; Assaults on officers or fire fighters; Discharging a firearm at a structure; Indecent exposure; Public sexual indecency; Aggravated criminal damage; Theft; Theft by extortion; Shoplifting; Forgery; Criminal possession of a forgery device; Obtaining a signature by deception; Criminal impersonation; Theft of a credit card or obtaining a credit card by fraudulent means; Receipt of anything of value obtained by fraudulent use of a credit card; Forgery of a credit card; Fraudulent use of a credit card; Possession of any machinery, plate or other contrivance or incomplete credit card; False statement as to financial condition or identity to obtain credit card; Fraud by persons authorized to provide goods or services; Credit card transaction record theft; Misconduct involving weapons; Misconduct involving explosives; Depositing explosives; Misconduct involving simulated explosive devices; Concealed weapon violation; Enticement of any person for purposes of prostitution; Procurement by false pretenses of any person for the purpose of prostitution; Procuring or placing persons in a house of prostitution; Receiving earnings of a prostitute; Detention of persons in a house of prostitution for debt; Keeping or residing in a house of prostitution or employment in prostitution; Pandering; Transporting persons for the purpose of prostitution or other immoral purposes; Possession and sale of peyote; Possession and sale of a vapor-releasing substance containing a toxic substance; Sale of precursor chemicals; Possession, use or sale of marijuana, dangerous drugs or narcotic drugs; Manufacture or distribution of an imitation controlled substance; Manufacture or distribution of an imitation prescription-only drug; Manufacture or distribution of an imitation over-the-counter drug; Possession or possession with intent to use an imitation controlled substance; Possession or possession with intent to use an imitation prescription-only drug; Possession or possession with intent to use an imitation over-the-counter drug; Manufacture of certain substances and drugs by certain means; Adding poison or other harmful substance to food, drink or medicine; A criminal offense involving criminal trespass and burglary, under Title 15, chapter 15; A criminal offense involving organized crime and fraud under Title 13, Chapter 23; Child neglect; Misdemeanor offenses involving contributing to the delinquency of a minor; Offenses involving domestic violence; Arson; Kidnapping; Felony offenses involving sale, distribution or transportation of, offer to sell, transport or distribute or conspiracy to sell, transport or distribute marijuana, dangerous drugs or narcotic drugs; Robbery; Aggravated Assault; Felony offenses involving contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
A person who is subject to registration as a sex offender in this or any other state or jurisdiction or who is awaiting trial on or who has been convicted of any of the below offenses, you are permanently ***precluded from obtaining a fingerprint clearance card (no "good faith" exceptions can be granted):
Sexual abuse of a minor; sexual abuse of a vulnerable adult; incest; first or second degree murder; sexual assault; sexual exploitation of a minor; sexual exploitation of a vulnerable adult; commercial sexual exploitation of a minor; commercial sexual exploitation of a vulnerable adult; child prostitution as prescribed in ARS 13-3212; child abuse; abuse of a vulnerable adult; sexual conduct with a minor; molestation of a child; molestation of a vulnerable adult; a dangerous crime against children as defined in ARS 13-604.01; exploitation of minors involving drug offenses; taking a child for the purposes of prostitution as prescribed in ARS 13-3206; neglect or abuse of a vulnerable adult.
There's more . . .
A person who is awaiting trial on or who has been convicted of committing or attempting or conspiring to commit a violation of ARS 281381 (DUI), 28-1382 (Extreme DUI) or 28-1383 (Aggravated DUI) in this state or similar offense in another state or jurisdiction within five years from the date of applying for a fingerprint clearance card is precluded from driving any vehicle to transport employees or clients of the employing agency as part of the person's employment. (This doesn't preclude a person from driving his/her own vehicle as part of the person's employment).
There is more: A person who is under age 18 or who is at least 99 (no typographical error !) years of age is EXEMPT from the fingerprint clearance card requirements listed above. However, at all times that the person is working, they must be under "direct visual supervision" of other personnel who have "valid" fingerprint clearance cards.
*** A Governor's pardon would likely overcome the preclusion, but this has not been tested in Arizona's courts. Restoration of Civil Rights and Setting Aside Judgment (Arizona has no "Expungement" statute) would not overcome the permanent preclusion. Setting Aside a Conviction and/or Dismissal would probably legally resolve the preclusion issue, but his issue has also not been tested in Arizona's courts. Keep in mind that Arizona law prohibits setting aside convictions for serious or dangerous offenses. See a lawyer who is experienced in this area of the law.
If you are a released sex offender subject to community notification: We may be able to assist you to obtain a copy of the assessment/profile tool used by police agencies to determine at what Level (1, 2 or 3) you will be placed for community notification. If you are willing to do the legwork yourself, we can instruct you how to go about obtaining this form once it is filled out by the agency making the determination of your level of notification) sometimes this is both the ADOC and a police agency). You will have to call us at (480) 966-8116 or send us an e-mail at email@example.com in order to obtain this assistance. We have assisted several ex-offenders to obtain a copy of the form on the basis that they disagree with the assignment of a Level for notification. We believe this completed assessment tool should be available to you anytime you ask for it, but the Dept. of Corrections and/or the police/law enforcement agencies who complete these forms apparently do not understand "due process." Level 1 is the lowest, or least onerous. Level 3 is the highest, which includes notifying the media and others of your address and posting your photo in the neighborhood and in the media. Call us at 480 966-8116 AFTER you are released from prison and AFTER you have obtained an address, and we will discuss with you how to obtain a copy. We provide this form for informational/educational purposes only; we believe that you are entitled to a copy of the completed form (after your scores on various topics are entered onto the form), even if the Dept. of Corrections, police agency or anyone else advises you that they do not usually give out copies of the completed assessment tool (even if you are the person being assessed) because it is a "police matter."
Law: Effective Sept. 21, 2006, a new law requires the Motor Vehicle Divn. to send daily updates to the Dept. of Public Safety (DPS) containing address changes for Arizona's registered sex offenders. The purpose of the law is to provide "quick tracking" of sex offenders. Also, the law ratchets up the penalty if a sex offender fails to annually update their photo and address with the Motor Vehicle Divn. The penalty formerly was a Class 1 Misdemeanor; now it is a Class 6 felony. In addition, the law requires sex offenders to affix or sign an electronic fingerprint to a previously-mandated statement required by DPS. This statement asks the offender to identify all the names that he is known for, their address, their physical location of their address, and their post office box. Persons from other jurisdictions who register as sex offenders in Arizona are also required to provide blood or other bodily samples for DNA testing (Arizona's offenders already do so).
WARNING TO SEX OFFENDERS WHO ARE PARTICIPATING IN MANDATED SEX OFFENDER TREATMENT PROGRAMS:
Middle Ground is aware of at least one case of prosecution in Maricopa County of a person on lifetime probation (after service of a lengthy prison sentence) who was participating in his mandated sex offender treatment programming/group sessions, who admitted to molestation crimes that he had not previously disclosed, and which had not been reported (by the victim; his daughter). He was under the impression that if he did not disclose these acts, he would be terminated from the treatment program and recommended to the court for revocation of his probation supervision. When he confessed the behavior, the counselor reported the confession to police authorities, and the police interviewed his daughter (the crime was several years old, but the statute of limitations does not begin tolling until a crime is reported) who confirmed the molestation. The person was subsequently CHARGED WITH THE NEW CRIME AND WAS ULTIMATELY SENTENCED TO A CONSECUTIVE TERM OF LIFETIME PROBATION. WARNING: DO NOT EVER ADMIT TO ANY PERSON OPERATING OR SUPERVISING A "TREATEMENT PROGRAM" ANY CRIMES OTHER THAN THE ONE FOR WHICH YOU ARE PRESENTLY INCARCERATED OR SENTENCED UNLESS PRIOR TO THE ADMISSIONS YOU ARE GIVEN -- IN WRITING -- IMMUNITY FROM PROSECUTION FROM THE COUNTY ATTORNEY OR DISTRICT ATTORNEY IN THE JURISDICTION WHERE THE CRIME OCCURRED -- NO MATTER WHAT THREATS ARE MADE AGAINST YOU BY THE TREATMENT PROVIDER! IF THE PROGRAM OPERATOR THREATENS TO TERMINATE YOU FROM THE PROGRAM FOR LACK OF COOPERATION OR FULL DISCLOSURE, CALMLY ADVISE THAT YOU WILL BE WILLING TO DISCLOSE ALL PREVIOUS CRIMES IF YOU ARE PROVIDED IMMUNITY FROM PROSECUTION IN WRITING BY A COMPETENT LEGAL AUTHORITY WHO HAS JURISDICTIONAL AUTHORITY TO ISSUE SUCH IMMUNITY. YOU MAY ALSO WISH TO ATTEMPT TO "EDUCATE" THE TREATMENT PROVIDER ABOUT THE FIFTH AMENDMENT RIGHT TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM SELF-INCRIMINATION.
ARE ALL SEX OFFENDERS PROHIBITED FROM LIVING IN FEDERALLY ASSISTED HOUSING?
HUD rules do NOT prohibit ALL convicted sex offenders from applying for federally assisted housing. Instead, their rules prohibit ONLY those sex offenders who are subject to "lifetime registration requirements." See HUD Rule 5.856 which states . . . You must establish standards that prohibit admission to federally assisted housing if any member of the household is subject to lifetime registration requirements under a state sex offender registrationn program. In the screening of applicants, you must perform necessary criminal history background checks in the State where the housing is located and in other states where the household members are known to have resided.
If you wish to further check this HUD Rule, it can be found under "Code of Federal Regulations (Titles 24, 5, 41 and 48), and the current rules regarding sex offenders are in Title 24, Volume 1. One rule that must be followed is: The sex offender has a right to be notified that he/she has a right of appeal of a decision to evict, deny or fail to review a lease for public housing assistance.
Before doing anything, check to see if YOU are subject to "lifetime" probation. Some sex offenders may not be. In California and Oregon, for example, they have a "Certificate of Rehabilitation (COR)" which permits a sex offender to stop registering, so if an Arizona sex offender moved to one of these states and obtained a COR, you might be able to stop registering. However, as with any issue which could affect you legal rights, you should consult a lawyer for assistance. Some old code offenders in Arizona (pre 1994) have been erroroneously sentenced to "lifetime" probation when, in fact, the date of offense limits their exposure to probation for up to five (5) years maximum. If your crime was committed prior to January 1, 1994, and you have been sentenced to lifetime probation, you may with to have someone with legal expertise check to insure that you have been sentenced to the correct amount of time for probation supervision. Call Donna Hamm for a fee quote.
RESOURCES FOR ALL CATEGORIES OF EX-OFFENDERS
are some resources. We will add to them as they
become available. Although we will try to keep
this information updated, we aren't responsible for
information that is inaccurate or outdated. In fact, if you call one of these numbers and learn that it is no longer accurate, please let us know so we can update this site.
City of Phoenix Housing: 830 E. Jefferson (602) 534- 2142
Community Housing: 609 N. 9th St. (602) 253-6905
Lutheran Social Ministry (602) 271-0828
Valley Christian: 1326 W. Hadley St. (602) 258-5163
St. Vincent DePaul 602 261-6878
Salvation Army Shelters 602 267-4130NOVA 602 528-0758
Maricopa Cty. Homeless Hotline 602 263-8900
Home Base 602 254-7777
Homeward Bound 602 263-7654
Homeless Hotline 602 256-2219
Family Services 602 267-4122
Domestic Violence Emergency Shelter 602 263-8900
(Emergency Hours: 602 266-6956)
Generally speaking, most large apartment complexes have "Crime Free" mandates (which are not considered to be discrimination or against the law) which prohibit them from renting to those with felony records. Don't waste your time with them. Instead, purchase a copy of a Sunday newspaper and study the apartment rental section, looking for "mom and pop" rentals, which may including a duplex, a room and board situation, or other arrangements. Often, smaller locally owned / operated rentals do not ask for detailed background information, or some will rent to you as long as you have the deposit and first/last month's rent in hand. Be prepared for several rejections. In our experience, you just have to keep trying. You WILL eventually find an apartment owner who will give you a chance. In the alternative, you may find an apartment owner who won't ask about your criminal history or who won't check on it.
Next, we've found that if you check "Craigslist.com" and search for apts. or shared rooms that will rent to an ex-felon, you may have some success. There is a realtor whose name is "Mel" who tried to locate housing for ex-felons. Sometimes he has no inventory at all of apts. who wil rent to an ex-offender; sometimes, he knows of a few places. He has no ability at all to find apartments for sex offenders/those who must register. His telephone is (602) 373-3390. You can mention that you obtained his reference information from this web site.
Finally, due to the very negative things going on in the housing market, keep in mind that if you rent a house or condo from someone, it is possible that the person who owns the property could be subject to foreclosure if they don't pay their mortgage (with your rent payment). If your landlord suffers foreclosure on the property in which you are living, you will be evicted, and it will be legal to do so. In some cases, you won't be able to "locate" your landlord to try to obtain return of your deposit money or any rent refunds due. BEFORE you sign a lease on a house or condo, be sure to ask questions. ASK outright if the mortgage payments are currently up to date. Ask to see proof of this claim, if possible. Check whatever public records may be available at the county assessor's office to see if the properly has recently or ever been in foreclosure proceedings. Most ex-offenders have enough difficulty raising the money to pay for first and last month's rent, plus deposit. So, protect yourself as much as possiblefrom consequences if the property goes into foreclosure/bankruptcy proeedings while you are a tenant.
Phoenix Single Women's Shelters
Andre House: 1002 W. Polk (602) 252-9023
CASS: 1209 W. Madison (602) 256-6945
Church on the Street: 24th St. & Filmore (602) 275-2920
Gift of Mary: 1414 S. 17th Avenue (602) 254-8424
Maggie's Place: (602) 257-4648
hoenix Rescue Mission: 1801 S. 35th Avenue (602) 233-2647
U.M.O.M.: 3320 E. Van Buren St. (602) 275-4533
Phoenix Single Men's Shelters
12th Avenue Retreat: 1236 S. 12th Avenue (602) 272-3662
Andre House: 1002 W. Polk (602) 252-9023
CASS: 1209 W. Madison (602) 256-6945
Church on the Street: 4006 W. Van Buren (602) 447-0259
East Valley Men's Center (480) 610-6722
House of Refuge: 6909 E. Ursula (480) 988-9242Phoenix Rescue Mission: 1801 S. 35th Avenue (602) 233-3000
Respite Shelter: 7000 N. Central (602) 870-4353
Streets of Joy: 1202 E. Devonshire (602) 275-4533
US Mission: 1821 E. Avalon Drive (602) 264-7882
Phoenix Area Family Shelters
The Bridge: 2001 W. Northern Avenue (602) 589-5556
Gift of Mary: 1414 S. 17th Avenue (602) 254-8424
Homeward Bound: 29 W. Thomas (602) 263-7654Interfaith (602) 294-0222Labor's Community: 5818 N. 7th St. (602) 263-5741
La Mesita: 2254 W. Main Street (Mesa) (480) 834-8723
Salvation Army: 2707 E. Van Buren (602) 267-4130
Save the Family: 450 W. 4th Pl #202 (Mesa) (480) 898-0228
U.M.O.M. 3320 E. Van Buren (602) 275-4533
Vista Colina: 1050 W. Mountain View (602) 944-0960
YWCA: 755 E. Wiletta (602) 268-0990
Youth and Children's SheltersCrisis Nursery (602) 273-7364
East Valley Child Crisis Center (480) 969-2308
Home Base: 931 E. Devonshire Avenue (602) 254-7777
Tumbleweed: 4829 N. 37th Avenue (602) 841-5799
Domestic Violence Shelters
Autumn House (480) 835-5555
Chrysallis (602) 244-4999De Colores (602) 269-1515Faith House (623) 939-6798
My Sister's Place (480) 821-1024
New Life (623) 932-4404
Salvation Army/Elm House (602) 267-4111
Sojourner Center (602) 244-0089
La Posada: 7045 S. Montezuma (602) 243-9711Ozanam Manor: 1730 E. Monroe (602) 495-3050Phoenix Shanti: 7000 N. Central Avenue (602) 279-0008
Halfway Houses (not operated by the State Dept. of Corrections)
Alice's Wonderland: 24 S. Udall (Mesa) (480) 962-8471
Calvary Rehab: 720 E. Montebello (602) 279-1468
Casa de Amigas: 1648 W. Colter (602) 265-9987
Corazon: 3639 W. Lincoln St. (602) 233-9747
Crossroads for Men: 1845 E. Ocotillo (602) 279-2585Dana Center: 731 W. Dana Avenue (480) 461-1033Destiny Sober Living: 5306 N. 17th Ave. (602) 249-6675
Guest House: 8910 W. Monroe St. (602) 934-0298
Hope House: 316 N. 11th Way (602) 254-5434
Living Faith: 7514 W. Mitchell (602) 772-7767
NOVA/Maverick: 7022 N 48th Avenue (602) 931-5810
Pelms House: 11773 N. 91st Ave (602) 979-6571
Progress Valley: 4430 N. 23rd Avenue (602) 274-5424
Reborn: 2546 W. Orangewood (602) 433-2382
Sand Dollar: 5049 W. Campbell (623) 247-7877The Solution: 4210 N. Longview (602) 277-7527SOS Fellowship: 650 N. 6th Ave. (602) 252-4205
Steps House: 7155 N. 66th Dr/Ste 102 (623) 939-1566
Teen Challenge: 1515 W. Grand Ave. (602) 271-4084
Teen Outreach: 5809 S. 5th St. (602) 323-0226
Chemical Dependency Halfway Houses
Another Chance: 1201 W. Madison (602) 256-6933
Ebony House: 6222 S. 13th St. (602) 276-4288LARC: 2770 E. Van Buren (602) 273-9999Phx. Indian Center: 2601 N. 3rd St. (602) 263-1017
Phx. Rescue Mission: 1801 S. 35th Ave. (602) 233-3000
Project Heart: 1112 E. Washington (602) 256-2688
FOOD OR FOOD BOXES
Andre House 602 257-4390
Ministry to the Incarcerated & their Families 602 261-6836St. Vincent DePaul 602 254-3338Interfaith: 743 W. Buchanan St. (602) 254-7450
Lutheran Social Ministries: (602) 271-0828
Salvation Army/Mesa (480) 834-7777
Andre House: P.M.: 213 S. 11th Avenue (602) 255-0580
Chris Becker: P.M. 9227 N. 10th Avenue (602) 944-0139
Church on the Street: 902 E. McKinley (602) 254-8302Paz P.M.: 424 W. Broadway/Mesa (480) 464-2370Phoenix Rescue Mission: 1801 S. 35th Avenue (602) 233-0300
St. Vincent de Paul (lunch): 119 S. 9th Avenue (602) 495-3065
St. Vincent de Paul (lunch): 67 W. Broadway/Mesa (480) 649-0081
Arizona Dept. of Economic Security (DES) : 215 E. McDowell (602) 495-1308
OFFICIAL RECORDS/IDENTIFICATIONBirth Certificate 602 255-3260
Draft Registration 602 267-2343
Driver's License/State ID Card 602 255-0072
Immigration 602 258-4353
Social Security Administration 602 772-1213
Voter Registration 602 506-1511
Alternative Schools 1-800-654-8713Az. Dept. of Education 602 542-4361
Frank Gordon Learning Center/Adult Probationers 602 372-5509
(Free GED Preparation and other services)
Maricopa County Skills Center 602 238-4300
The best time for any ex-offender to attend school is shortly after he/she is released from prison. Why? Because you will likely qualify for any available student loans or grants due to your indigency status (because you haven't been making much money during the past year or more). There are NO grant monies available specifically for ex-felons. Instead, you may qualify due to indigency. Pick the college, university or trade school that you wish to attend. Go and visit the Financial Aid office and tell the counselor that you are an ex-offender who wants to attend and aduate from their school or program. BEFORE you sign paperwork for a student loan, ask questions about the school's placement service: HOW MANY EX-OFFENDERS HAVE COMPLETED YOUR PROGRAM IN THE PAST TWO YEARS? HOW MANY HAVE BEEN PLACED IN JOBS THAT ARE RELATED TO THEIR DEGREE/DIPLOMA? CAN YOU PROVIDE ME WITH STUDENT NAMES WHO WOULD SERVE AS REFERENCES? Don't blindly begin an educational program if you know in advance that the field you are studying for is precluded from employment by ex-felons!
DES Job Service 602 276-5587
Goodwill Industries 602 254-2222
Job Corp 602 254-5921Job Info Hot Line 602 506-3329JTPA Job Training 602 534-3922 or 602 861-0208
Maricopa Skill Center 602 238-4300
St. Joseph's The Worker 602 257-4390
Arizona State Vocational Rehab 602 212-0068 or 602 247-3304
Phoenix WORKFORCE CONNECTION NUMBERS:
(602) 262-6776 or visit www.phoenix.gov/phxwc
(602) 861-0208 (9801 N. 7th St)
(623) 247-3304 (3406 N. 51st Ave.)
(602) 534-4732 (4732 S. Central Avenue)(623) 934-3231 x 228 (Richard Baldwin) Peoria area
Family Service Agency (602) 252-0918 - ask for Pam
Tetras Program (602) 685-9703
(This agency has grant money from the federal government to provide vocational training and employment assistance specifically to ex-offenders. They also conduct periodic workshops in Phoenix and Mesa to assist ex-offenders with interview skills, resume-writing, etc. They maintain an active database of employers who will hire ex-offenders.
Phoenix City Job Line 602 534-5627
Newspaper Want Ads 480 464-9669
City of Phoenix Clear Path 602 495-5717
Arizona Call-A-Teen 602 252-7771, ex. 146One Stop Career Center: visit www.arizonavirtualonestop.com
CREATIVE ENVIRONMENTS has advised Middle Ground that they are very interested in hiring ex-offenders. Their jobs are in construction of landscapes -- masonry, flagstone, fireplaces, etc. They are located at 2128 E. Cedar St., Tempe. The contact person is: Patricia Hall at (480) 980-7030 or (480) 650-7038. Laborers start at $8/hour. Lead men are paid $9.50/hour. Foremen are paid $14.50/hour. You must be willing to work outdoors and lift up to 100 lbs.
AWEE (Arizona Women's Education and Employment, Inc.) at (602) 223-4333. This agency has received a $1 MILLION grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to provide reintegration/employment services to ex-offenders who are between the ages of 18-29, and the grant PROVIDES SERVICES TO MALES AND FEMALES. Call for information. In addition, AWEE has recently obtained a $100,000 grant for one-year to prepare people for "green" jobs such as solar installers, weatherization technologists and energy auditors. The grant is intened for "under-served" groups, so they have decided to target ex-offenders. AWEE forcuses on helping women, ex-offenders (men, too) and other people who have a difficult time finding a job. This grant is part of a $55 million green grant just announced by the U.S. Department of Labor. Call AWEE at (602) 223-4333 for information.
An agency called "TEaMS" (Transitional Employment and Mentoring Services) at 480-466-4085 offers workshops designed to help ex-offenders overcome the obstacles to employment caused by their felony conviction. There is a $25 fee for workshops and the fee is payable at the door on the day of the workshop. No exceptions are made on the fee. The workshop is a "fast track" program whose objective is to give an ex-offender the skills to insure that when placement assistance is offered (by TEaMS), the person will be better able to market him/herself. The components of the program include: common myths involved in ex-offender employment; information about the Federal Bonding Program and The Work Opportunity Tax Credit for employers who will hire ex-offenders; the application process; information about how and why employers use background checks and what information is contained; samples of cover letters, resumes and letters of reference; information about interview skills, and employment searches.
In addition, this organization has an ex-offender housing program, in collaboration with the Arizona Multi housing Association (AMA) and this is designed to enable ex-offenders to be able to rent an apartment in a community where they might otherwise be denied of where they have been denied in the past. The program requires a TWENTY HOUR educational seminar approved by the AMA and for which a certificate is issued that will remove the felony conviction as a barrier to obtaining housing in many apartment complexes. However, guidelines apply: (1) the ex-offender must be a first-time felony offender (no multiple felony counts are allowed unless they were sentenced as concurrent sentences; (2) No violent offenders; (3) No sex offenders; (4) The convictions must be at least 3 years old and the person must be out of prison at least one-year prior to applying for the workshop; (5) the ex-offender must demonstrate that he/she has been employed for one full year prior to entering the program; (6) drug offenders need to show proof of current or past treatment programming. Other restrictions may apply. This program is NOT for everyone. There is a $65 NON-REFUNDABLE application fee. The total cost of the AMA-approved program is $325. If interested, call (480) 466-4085.
IF YOU KNOW OF AN EMPLOYER WHO ROUTINELY WILL CONSIDER APPLICANTS WITH FELONY RECORDS, PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH US SO IT CAN BE POSTED FREE OF CHARGE TO OUR WEB SPACE. WE WILL NEED TELEPHONE AND CONTACT NAMES TO VERIFY.
SOCIAL SERVICE/HELP LINES/SUPPORT GROUPS
To find out if you are eligible for any or a particular social service, visit this web site: www.arizonaselfhelp.org
The above site is sponsored by the Arizona Community Action Association and allows individuals to overcome barriers to the social service system by allowing them to privately and confidentially check their eligibility before beginning the paperwork application process.
RE-INTEGRATION SERVICES FOR EX-OFFENDERS
Try: Family Services Agency/Community Reintegration for Ex-Offenders
Grandparents Raising Kids Can Obtain Assistance: Beatitudes Center DOAR, a non-profit interfaith organization, may pay for all or part of registration fees for activities or camps that are enriching for grandchildren while providing a welcome "break" for grandparents. To receive assistance, grandparents must be able to demonstrate that they are raising their grandchildren. Some additional free services are available. These include support groups, family activities, seminars and legal services. Call (602) 274-5022 to request assistance. The program will serve those grandparents whose child is in prison if they are taking care of grandchildren, but we are quite certain that the "legal services" provided to NOT include criminal appeals or challenges to the conviction of one's child.
Adult Children of Alcoholics 602 241-6760
Value Options 602 914-5800
Adult Protective Services 1-877-767-2385
Al Anon 602 249-1257
Alcoholics Anonymous 602 264-1341
Child Protective Services 602 530-1800
Cocaine Anonymous 602 279-3838
DES Family Assistance 602 495-1308
Friendly House 602 257-1870
Help Hotline 602 273-0786
Narcotics Anonymous 602 784-4004
Parents Anonymous 602 248-0428
Dial-A-Ride 602 253-4000
Safe Ride 1-800-797-7433
Tickets to Jobs 602 534-1250
Work Links 602 506-3995
Valley Metro Bus Service 602 253-5000
AHCCCS Indigent Medical 602 275-3230
AIDS Center 1-800-342-2437
Lions Club Eye Care 602 267-7573
Family Services 480 545-9626
Kids Care 1-877-764-5437
Maricopa Cty. Health Dept. 602 506-6900
Mental Health Association 480 994-4407
Tattoo Removal 602 262-7370 (6862)
X-TATOO (Removal) (602) 534-3121
Urgent Care 602 222-0444
Poison Control 1-800-362-0101
USEFUL WEB SITES; Maricopa County Health Consumer Organization - www.mihs.org/consumer info
Arizona State Monthly Report on the Spread of Infectious Diseases: www.azdhs.gov/phs/oids (click on "data and statistics")
To read about an evaluation of the new Medicare Prescription Drug Plan: www.consumersunion.org
To read information from the Centers for Disease Control: www.cdc.gov
To read information from the National Institute of Health: www.nih.gov
To contact the Arizona Dental Board: www.axdentalboard.org
To verify the license of a nurse, or complaints: www.azbn.org/OnlineVerification.asp
To check the status of a licensed psychologist and actions taken against them: www.psychboard.az.gov
To examine how hospitals are rated, contact the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations: www.jcaho.org
To check on the status of an Arizona nursing home, day care center or hospital, contact the Arizona State Health Department: www.azdhs.gov/als (Click on "facility search" to check the license status of an institution)
To locate a doctor or other health care professional, contact Arizona Doc Finder: www.docfinder.state.az.us (obtain status of any disciplinary actions or complaints against them)
LEGAL OR ADVOCACY SERVICES
Middle Ground Prison Reform ( Fee-based services) 480 966-8116
Community Legal Services 602 258-3434
Restoration of Civil Rights (Maricopa Cty. convictions: 602 506-0547)
Sex Offender Registration 602 256-1070
Obtain Copies of Maricopa Cty. Court Papers 602 506-1155
Lawyer Referral 602 257-4434
Fair Housing 480 644-3660
Maricopa County Jain Info Line (602) 256-0322
St. Vincent de Paul Ministry to the Incarcerated (602) 261-6836
To find out how to go about filing a public records request/Freedom of Information request with a government agency: go to links.azcentral.com (you can download a form from that site)
Income Tax/Tax Assistance 1-800-829-1040
Social Security Income 1-800-772-1213
Consumer Credit Counseling 602 246-2227
In Maricopa County, you can call Community Information & Referral for other referrals or review a copy of their multi-page Resource Directory at any public library. The telephone is: 602 263-8856. Outside the county, call 1-800-352-3792.
SPECIAL EMPLOYMENT HELP FOR SEX OFFENDERS
Try: Focus Employment Services, 2345 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix. Call (602) 312-1045 and ask for Karen Gardner. This agency also helps all ex-offenders with employment assignments.
SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR HOUSING FOR SEX OFFENDERS
Silk Tree Apartments, located at 27th Avenue and Indian School Road, Phoenix *
* Note: Due to various city/state laws regarding sex-offender "clustering" in housing, it is impossible for us to maintain an up-to-date list of apartments or private homes who will rent housing or rooms to registered sex offenders. We suggest that the offender contact his probation or community supervision officer for assistance with housing. Almost every sex offender who does not otherwise have a home to return to after prison will be someone who is under the supervision of a community supervision (ADOC) or probation (county) officer, and those employees are supposed to provide such assistance/recommendations if needed.
SPECIAL SERVICES FOR WOMEN
Our Common Welfare (OCW), located in Mesa at 135 N. Country Club, Mesa, Az. 85201. Telephone: (480) 733-2688. Offers community support for people in recovery. Offers housing referrals, dental workshops, leadership training, emotional support and a recreation club. Also offers recovery mentoring for previously incarcerated women and some other services.
Women's Resource Center/Fresh Start Mentoring Services: Call 602 262-8494. Provides workshops on communication, financial affairs, business management, legal consulting on divorce and domestic issues, self-esteem, personal growth and relationships, life skills, etc. Small fees for some workshops. Free child care provided while attending workshops.
Women Living Free: Call 623 206-2823. Women are permitted to enroll in this program about 12 months prior to release. Support groups focus on reunification of mothers with their children and dealing with child-parent issues. Must be a high school graduate or possess a G.E.D. Can arrange for transitional housing for women being released from jail or prison.
Visit: www.awee.org. (Arizona Women's Education and Employment) at (602) 223-4333. Note: This program is funded by the U.S. Dept. of Labor and provides services for young ex-offenders (ages 18-29) for men and women. Another program to call: Linda Rusay, Director of Operations at Tetra Services, 602 685-9703, ext 203
SPECIAL SERVICES FOR AT-RISK TEENS
Project Challenge (480) 988-4100, ext 228; ask for Ruth Klase
(This is a voluntary residential program operated by the Arizona National Guard. It teaches life and job skills, physical fitness, responsible citizenship, and assists "cadets" to obtain a GED. The residential program is five-months in length, but the key to this program's success seems to be the post-program mentoring that assists each graduate after they leave by keeping them on track with plans.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
The construction industry has an acute shortage of
skilled labor and is hiring ex-offenders, affording
them an opportunity to get into the workplace and
into jobs which have potential for good wages and
long-term stability. OLD MASTER TRADE SCHOOL,
411 S. Plumer Avenue, Tucson, Arizona, 85719,
will teach various trades, and ex-offenders are welcome
to attend. Bilingual (Spanish) classes are available,
and tools are available upon completion of the program.
Financial plans are available to those who
qualify. The telephone is: (520) 791-2002
or Call Toll-free at 1-877-791-2005. Mention
that you heard about the school from Middle Ground's
web site. Please note that this organization
is not endorsed by Middle Ground, nor do we have any
affiliation with it. We do not receive any benefit
from referrals. We provide the above content
for information purposes; each potential student should
investigate the program before signing up for classes.
To the best of our knowledge, this is a for-profit
corporation. It appears that some financial assistance
is provided to cover the tuition costs.
More Job Training: St. Mary's Food Bank Community Kitchen has been operating a free 14-week basic culinary training program for individuals who want to learn how to cook, and also learn how to obtain and keep a job. They strive to teach life skills as well as culinary dishes. They assist with job placement, and new classes begin every 14 weeks. They will accept persons with felony convictions with the exception of those convicted of sex crimes or assaults with weapons. Call Cari Green at (602) 322-0161, ext.1121 for information. They are located at 1818 South 16th Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85034.
of Economic Security (DES):
For ex-offenders, this agency handles employment opportunities
(Job Service Divn.), and manages the Arizona Workforce
Connection (see specific telephone numbers for Workforce Connection in above section on Employment/Job Training). The DES also manages the Job Tax
Credit Program, which gives an employer a tax credit
for hiring an ex-offender. Paperwork for this
program can be obtained from a local DES office.
There are dozens of DES offices throughout the state
and far too many to list individually. Look
in the telephone directory for the address and telephone
of the nearest office in your town or county or call the office listed above for the location nearest you.
DES handles job development, conducts job fairs, provides
free typing exams for those seeking clerical work
who need official verification of typing speed, provides
career assessment testing and even allows employers
to interview candidates for jobs at their offices.
addition to the above services, DES administers the Federal Bonding Program, which provides a bond of
up to $5,000 to employers wishing to hire an ex-offender
in a job that requires bonding. The applicant
must have an actual job offer for full-time employment
in order to qualify. Contact 602 495-1861, x. 1002
for this service only. DES also offers a Rehabilitation
Services Program which includes services such as job
coaching, computer training, job retention and coaching
techniques, etc. This division specializes in
vocational rehab for those with blindness or other
visual impairments. Call 602 269-5731, ext. 216
for more information.
Service Agency/Employment and Educational Support
Services: Contact this agency as listed above.
Provides employment services including job search
workshops, action plans for job searches, personal
assessment testing, resume writing skill building
and training in interviewing techniques. It
also provides a clothing bank for those who need appropriate
clothing for jobs or job interviews, computer training.
Specifically has a "Community Re-integration
Program" for ex-offenders on community supervision,
probation or parole. This agency does not
provide services to registered sex offenders.
Renewal Center Job Support Group:
Call 480 862-0082 for info. They have fee-based
coaching, counseling and training. Will work
with those who want career coaching, sales or marketing
training and business coaching.
Workforce Connection: Call
602 534-5904 or 602 534-6916. Provides job readiness
training and some other support services.
County Community College District:
Has a program called "Inmate Transition/Re-entry."
Call 520 574-0024, ext. 4328. Offers assistance
for inmates transitioning back to community.
de Cristo Community Center:
Call 480 464-2370. Provides assistance to low
income and homeless people in the East Valley/Mesa-Tempe
area. Serves evening meals and distributes food
boxes; has weekly distribution of hygiene products.
Also provides job training and resume writing and
interviewing skill training.