Offender Success

One of our most successful programs at Kinexus is Offender Success.

Offender Success is a statewide program implemented by the Michigan Department of Corrections that assists recently paroled offenders transitioning back into society. We have one of the most successful program regions in the state. Kinexus covers region eight, which is comprised of seven counties including Berrien, Cass, Van Buren, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, Calhoun, and Branch.

 

 

Offender Success focuses on four different types of services for individuals that are reintegrating back into our communities:

  • Job Placement
  • Residential Security
  • Health and Behavioral Health
  • Social Support

 

Providing supervision and support during this period of transition is vital for decreasing recidivism rates. We are proud to say that we have seen the following results from our program since April 2017:

  • 240 individuals placed in jobs
  • With 148 different employers
  • Provided over 60 training opportunities, with 85% success

 

Offender Success is a great talent resource for local employers in our region. If you are not currently someone who hires ex-offenders, we offer “try-out employment” where we will pay the wages of the individual for a given amount of time to give the employer a chance to test the waters. On the job training is a great resource for employers and participants alike.

If you’re interested in learning more about how you can be an employer partner with the Offender Success program in our area, contact Derek Knuth, Director of Offender Services, at 269.927.1064, ext. 1125.