Tina Rosenberg, writer of the New York Times' Opinionator Blog, published an article about C.E.O. (The Centre for Employment Opportunities)
CEO offers comprehensive employment services exclusively for people with criminal records. CEO’s model is based on a highly structured program of life skill education, short-term paid transitional employment, full-time job placement and post-placement services. In 2012, CEO anticipates preparing more than 3,000 people to move into mainstream employment. CEO is committed to serving the most at-risk populations. We place an emphasis on providing services to Young Adults ages 18-25—a population who frequently has limited work experience and faces particularly strong barriers to entering the workforce.
CEO operates a program called Transitional Jobs, which is unusual. As Rosenberg writes, It may, in fact, be unique. Recently MDRC, a research organization that assesses social policies, published its evaluation of the program. It found that for people who started within three months of getting out of prison, the program reduced recidivism by 16 to 22 percent compared to a randomized control group, depending on whether you were looking at arrests, convictions or incarceration.