First Participants of Jail Reentry Program Graduate

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Windows to Work Graduation

MADISON, Wisc. / May 31, 2016 – Dane County Sheriff David Mahoney, along with County Executive Joe Parisi are proud to introduce the first Windows to Work graduates. On Tuesday, May 31, 2016 , these men will celebrate the completion of the 17-week program, which is designed to increase their chances of success and employment upon their release from jail.

  • Joshua James Colt, age 28 of Madison
  • Derrick Bowman, age 19 of Madison
  • William Denis, age 35 of Madison
  • William Drago, age 30 of Stoughton

In June of 2015, the Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin announced the award of $500,000 in grant money from the U.S. Department of Labor to provide re-entry services using the Windows to Work model. The career counseling process starts while individuals are incarcerated, but additional support continues after the participant returns to the community. Pre-release components include: cognitive intervention, general work skills and expectations, financial literacy, community resources, job seeking applications and resumes. A career coach will then transition them to community Job Center services, where they will continue to work on retention and provide follow-up support and services.

Courtesy: WMSN Fox 47

“The Windows to Work program is a prime example of the types of programming we need to reduce recidivism in our criminal justice system. Quality and sustainable employment, along with a sense of community, will help keep our jail population down,” said Sheriff David Mahoney.

Windows to Work is an evidenced-based program with a structured curriculum and proven success. The goal of the program is to serve 180 people over a two-year period.


Contact: Elise Schaffer, PIO

Phone: (608) 284-6142

Email: moc.ffirehsenadnull@reffahcS


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