Employment is a major factor in reducing recidivism. Pinal County residents who have a felony or misdemeanor conviction and need to work is our target population at the Eloy Job Club.
Research shows a link between crime and work. Having a legitimate job diminishes the likelihood of returning to prison. Job training and placement programs are promising by linking former prisoners to work, and thus, reducing their probability of further incarceration.
According to the Pew Charitable Trusts, about 39 percent of Arizona’s 15,795 released offenders returned to jail based to a 2004 to 2007 study on recidivism rates. Arizona has the sixth highest incarceration rate among the 50 states and where one in 33 adults is under correctional control. — ReflectionsOntheReentryMovement.pdf.
More recently, the field has begun to benefit from research that shows offenders, just like everyone else, respond better to the prospect of rewards than to the fear of punishment. Behavioral incentives, such as offering ex-offenders the opportunity to reduce the length of their supervision terms, can be a powerful carrot, motivating them to obtain and hold a job, stay sober and in treatment, abide by other conditions of release and avoid new crimes.
— Joan Petersilia, When Prisoners Come Home
Come to the Eloy Job Club in the Eloy Library from 9 to noon on Mondays.