Job Seekers with Legal Barriers to Employment

CAREER can connect you to resources designed to assist job seekers with backgrounds to become gainfully employed. The HIRE Program is a cooperative effort between the Department of Workforce Development, Department of Corrections, Indiana employers and the public safety community to provide incarcerated and/or discharged Hoosiers with job readiness training and placement.

Hoosier Initiative for Re-Entry (HIRE)

HIRE Challenge

  More than 20,000 ex-offenders are released from Indiana prisons each year
  Over 1/3 return to prison within three years – rates increase to 60% when individuals remain unemployed
  The estimated incarceration cost to taxpayers is $20,000 per year, per inmate, the average time served is 7.8 years in Indiana

YTD 2018

HIRE Success

  99% Statewide Participant Retention Rate
  Businesses Engaged Statewide: 1,332
  Average Hourly Rate: $11.31
  Total Placements: 2018 = 2,440
  Program Placements Overall: 12,880

HIRE Statistics

  55% of participants entering the program possessed a High School Diploma or Equivalency
  24% of participants entering the program possessed more than 12 years education
  82% of program participants are male / 18% are female
  46.4% of job placements were in a production environment and 14.8% were placed in a food service/restaurant environment
  28.7% of participants are referred while on parole
  26.8% of participants were referred by Community Corrections / 14.7% from our WorkOne Offices
  Other participant placements included opportunities in Warehouse, Construction and Customer Service

For more information on qualifying for the HIRE program connect to a region coordinator using the phone numbers listed or click here to send an email.

HIRE: Job Readiness-Skills Training and Assistance


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   Get Connected to HIRE

    Region   Phone Number
    Region 1   219-263-8418
    Region 2   574-213-4235
    Region 3   260-205-2522
    Region 4   765-427-5236
    Region 5.1
    Region 5.2
    Region 5.3
    Region 5.4
    Region 6   765-717-6549
    Region 7   812-746-7384
    Region 8   812-318-0363
    Region 9   812-350-7385
    Region 10   812-454-6188
    Region 11   812-454-9657
    Program Dir.   260-409-4070
    Program Dir.   812-454-6188
    Director Carrie Heck   812-549-8634

Department of Workforce Development Resources