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Springfield, Missouri, April 14, 2016 - The Ozark Region Missouri Job Center was recognized yesterday at the 8th Annual Criminal Justice Conference for work with citizens with criminal backgrounds that are working towards reentering the workforce and community. The Missouri Job Center offers the About Persons with Past Legal Issues in Employment (A.P.P.L.I.E.) program twice a month at the Missouri Job Center's Springfield location, once a month off-site with Marshfield Probation and Parole using the Mobile Career Center, and once a month off-site with Nixa Probation and Parole using the Mobile Career Center.
Ozark Region Missouri Job Center staff member, Belinda Lyon, received the Reentry Advocate of the Year Award. The Reentry Advocate of the Year Award recognizes an individual or group outside of the criminal justice profession that provides support for people with criminal backgrounds. The award seeks to celebrate the successful partnerships needed in the community to create a network of support.
The Missouri Job Center's About Persons with Past Legal Issues in Employment (A.P.P.L.I.E.) program received a nomination for the Rising Star Program of the Year Award. The award recognizes an innovative program designed to meet the needs of those in the community of Southwest Missouri with criminal backgrounds. The program does not need to be only for those with a criminal background, but one that even those with a criminal background can benefit from.
A former participant of the A.P.P.L.I.E. program won the Reentry Star of the Year Award after a nomination by Missouri Job Center staff. The award recognizes an individual with a criminal background who has successfully reintegrated into the community and is no longer under any correctional supervision. This candidate should be an example of successful reentry by maintaining employment and stability, and contributing to the community or their family in a positive manner.
The Reentry and Resources group created the Reentry Simulation approximately four years ago. The initial group consisted of the Missouri Job Center, Federal Prison, Federal Probation and Parole, State Probation and Parole, and Alpha House; additional partners have also joined Reentry and Resources in recent years. The Reentry Simulation can be utilized by prisons, community groups, and anyone in between to understand the process a person goes through upon being released to reenter both society and the workforce. The simulation is a best practice in the Bureau of Prisons, and has been federally recognized.
For more information, please contact Communication Coordinator Megan Short at 417-841-3386 or [email protected]