Digital Job Search Tool for Offenders Helps Decrease Recidivism Rate

Digital Job Search Tool for Offenders Helps Decrease Recidivism Rate

Securus Technologies’ Jobview app Hits Milestone With 10 Million Job Searches in the Past 12-Months

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DALLAS, Aug. 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ – Correctional facilities in 28 states empower their incarcerated population with technology aimed at helping them learn about available jobs in their community while they are serving their time. Offenders searched for jobs in record numbers the past 12 months, reaching a milestone of nearly 10.6 million searches. Securus Technologies’ Jobview application is available on the SecureView® Tablet and through Securus Video Visitation terminals.

The SecureView® Tablet provides opportunities for the incarcerated to stay connected to their family, friends and the outside world as well as prepare for reentry into the community. Securus offers the community tablets at no cost to taxpayers or the incarcerated. This digital tool allows offenders to work on personal rehabilitation with applications such as Jobview, education, mental health and law library.

The tablets can also be used for phone calls, which are monitored by the agency with the exception of client-attorney calls which are protected. Risk is decreased since the SecureView® Tablet does not offer access to:

  • Internet
  • Social media
  • Camera
  • Video recordings

Correctional staff say the tablets occupy the time of the incarcerated in productive ways and helps prepare them for reentry.

“For those who want to improve themselves, it opens up that door,” said Sheriff Mark Lamb, Pinal County Sheriff’s Office in Arizona. “Jobview gives offenders opportunities, so if they’re getting out of jail, they know how to prepare for a job as well as know who’s hiring.”

The Manhattan Institute study revealed that “Enhanced job-readiness training and job-search assistance helped reduce recidivism among non-violent ex-offenders by one-third, with rearrests dropping from 52% to 35%.”

Jobview allows the incarcerated to create an action plan for reentry, and some even use it to find job opportunities for their family and friends. In the last 12 months, Jobview has an average of 135,000 plus monthly users, which is 42% higher than a year ago, and an average of 882,729 monthly jobs searches, up 69% from the previous year.

“Jobview is a resource that helps break the cycle of despair felt by offenders who have perhaps never had gainful employment,” explained Ryan Solberg, Vice President, Site Operations, Jobview.

The first Jobview correctional facility to launch the application is The Federal Correctional Institution in Bastrop, Texas. Since its first corrections launch in 2009, the digital tool is now used in nearly 30 states which include Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin.

About Securus Technologies

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, and serving more than 3,450 public safety, law enforcement and corrections agencies and over 1,200,000 inmates across North America, Securus Technologies is committed to serve and connect by providing emergency response, incident management, public information, investigation, biometric analysis, communication, information management, inmate self-service, and monitoring products and services in order to make our world a safer place to live. Securus Technologies connecting what matters®. For more information, please visit SecurusTechnologies.com.

 

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Ellevate Network Claims Spot on Inc. Magazine’s List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies – the Inc. 5000

Ellevate Network Claims Spot on Inc. Magazine’s List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies – the Inc. 5000

Ellevate Network recognized for three-year revenue growth of more than 100%

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NEW YORK, Aug. 19, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Ellevate Network, the leading community for women at work, announced today that Inc. magazine has named it on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Microsoft, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, Pandora, Timberland, LinkedIn, Yelp, Zillow, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.

Ellevate’s revenue growth has been driven in part by the company’s regional footprint with more than 40 chapters around the world as well as innovative online programs such as Ellevate Squads, which look to disrupt the way we develop professional connections in a digital world. Ellevate Squads are small, diverse groups of professional women at similar points in their careers, who are looking for support, opportunities to mentor others, and a place to build the kinds of relationships that are proven to make a difference. In this 12-week program, women will learn from one another, make progress toward their goals, and find a group that will hold them accountable for creating their own version of success.

“I’m extremely proud of Ellevate Network’s inclusion in the Inc 5000. As a community for women who are looking to change the culture of business, we believe there is strength in numbers and the more our community grows, the faster we can create a business world that is more inclusive,” said Kirsty Wallace, CEO of Ellevate Network. “Ellevate’s growth is a clear testament to the need for communities in which women can find others who they can trust and turn to for advice, referrals, and connections to a multitude of business opportunities.”

Not only have the companies on the 2019 Inc. 5000 been very competitive within their markets, but the list as a whole shows staggering growth compared with prior lists. The 2019 Inc. 5000 achieved an astounding three-year average growth of 454 percent, and a median rate of 157 percent. The Inc. 5000’s aggregate revenue was $237.7 billion in 2018, accounting for 1,216,308 jobs over the past three years.

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000.

“The companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 have followed so many different paths to success,” says Inc. editor in chief James Ledbetter. “There’s no single course you can follow or investment you can take that will guarantee this kind of spectacular growth. But what they have in common is persistence and seizing opportunities.”

The annual Inc. 5000 event honoring the companies on the list will be held October 10 to 12, 2019, at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona. As always, speakers include some of the greatest innovators and business leaders of our generation.

About Ellevate Network:

Ellevate Network is a community of professional women committed to helping each other succeed. We believe that when ambitious professional women get more opportunity — to have a voice in important conversations, to have a seat at the table where decisions are made, to steer our collective economic power towards that which we care about — it ultimately benefits everyone, and leads to a more equal world.Ellevate also works with companies committed to diversity and inclusion and has a proven track record of changing business culture from the inside out. For more information go to https://www.ellevatenetwork.com

More about Inc. and the Inc. 5000

Methodology
The 2019 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2015 and 2018. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2015. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2018. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2015 is $100,000; the minimum for 2018 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000.

About Inc. Media
Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Inc. took home the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012. The total monthly audience reach for the brand has been growing significantly, from 2,000,000 in 2010 to more than 20,000,000 today. For more information, visit http://www.inc.com.

The Inc. 5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. The Inc. 5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony is an annual event that celebrates the remarkable achievements of these companies. The event also offers informative workshops, celebrated keynote speakers, and evening functions.

For more information on Inc. and the Inc. 5000 Conference, visit http://conference.inc.com/.

 

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Get the Most Out of Your Benefits Enrollment

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Get the Most Out of Your Benefits Enrollment

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MISSION, Kan., Aug. 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ – (Family Features) A lackadaisical approach to benefits enrollment could leave you short on coverage or end up costing you more than it should. Gathering information and making time to thoroughly consider your options and needs can help ensure you’re getting the best value from your employer’s benefits package.

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Approach this year’s open enrollment with these tips from the experts at Colonial Life in mind:

Take life changes into account. A major event like a birth or marriage makes you eligible to adjust your benefits between enrollment periods, but there are many other factors that may affect your coverage needs. For example, you may not bother with dental coverage for a newborn, but once that child has some teeth and is mobile, it’s a good idea to add coverage in the event a fall damages a tooth.

Be conscious of changes. It’s quite common to allow your benefits to renew automatically when the enrollment period rolls around. This can create problems as plans and coverages often change from year to year. Deductible amounts, office visit co-pays and even categories of coverage can shift from one year to the next. Even if there aren’t changes to the coverage, there may be a new pricing structure or additions to coverage that could benefit you.

Dedicate some time. When signing up for benefits for the first time, most people spend at least a little time reviewing each plan option. If you have your premiums deducted from your paycheck automatically, you probably don’t give a lot of thought to your benefits, especially if you’re relatively healthy. Open enrollment is the time to give them more than a passing thought.

A survey by Colonial Life showed 69% of employees spend less than 60 minutes learning about their benefits choices, but that limited time commitment can ultimately affect overall job satisfaction.

“This can be a huge problem for both employees and their employers, because a lack of engagement with the benefits program leads to lower morale and higher turnover,” said Steven Johnson, vice president of enrollment solutions at Colonial Life.

Instead of a cursory flip through the materials, dedicate some time to thoroughly review all the information and make notes about areas you have questions.

Discuss your options. Benefits can be complicated, and there are a lot of terms and jargon in the insurance world that can make it hard to understand exactly what your benefits will cover. That’s why it’s a good idea to sit down with a knowledgeable benefits counselor to discuss your family and personal financial situation.

Technology may be king for many aspects of life, but the survey found just 11% of employees name the internet as the place they turn to learn about benefits during enrollment each year. However, 76% of employees turn to humans including HR professionals, coworkers, family and friends.

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution for benefits, but a one-on-one counseling session can help simplify the entire benefits process. A private consultation may help you understand how each benefit election impacts your paycheck, as well as simplifying complex benefit concepts, answering your questions and walking you through the enrollment process.

Learn more about how to maximize your benefits at ColonialLife.com.

Benefits Glossary

To gain a better understanding of your benefits, these definitions from HealthCare.gov can help you identify and recognize some common terms.

Benefits: The health care items or services covered under a health insurance plan. 

Coinsurance: The percentage of costs of a covered health care service you pay (20%, for example) after you’ve paid your deductible.

Copayment: A fixed amount ($20, for example) you pay for a covered health care service after you’ve paid your deductible.

Deductible: The amount you pay for covered health care services before your insurance plan starts to pay. 

Flexible Spending Account: An arrangement through your employer that lets you pay for out-of-pocket medical expenses with tax-free dollars. 

Health Savings Account: A type of savings account that lets you set aside money on a pre-tax basis to pay for qualified medical expenses. 

Network: The facilities, providers and suppliers your health insurer or plan has contracted with to provide health care services.

Michael French
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