Windows to Work is a pre- and post-release program designed to address criminogenic needs that can lead to recidivism, including: employment, education, anti-social cognition, anti-social personality, and anti-social companions. DOC contracts with each of Wisconsin’s Workforce Development Boards (WDB) to provide programs at selected state correctional institutions or county jail facilities in each Workforce Development Board Area.
Pre-Release Services Both individual and group participation begins approximately three to twelve months prior to release from incarceration. The Windows to Work Coach provides participants with classroom training in core curriculum content areas: 1) Cognitive Intervention, 2) General Work Skills and Expectations, 3) Financial Literacy, 4) Community Resources, 5) Job Seeking, Applications, and Resumes. In coordination with the institution social worker and/or community corrections agent, individual release/case planning takes place. Coaches use a variety of assessment tools to assist in determining skill level and career path choices.
Post-Release Services In coordination with the Division of Community Corrections agent, Coaches assist participants with job search and job retention activities for approximately a year after release from incarceration. Participants may receive additional assistance in accessing available community resources to address needs for food, shelter, clothing, transportation and other services depending on the Board Area’s funding.