People with criminal records face multiple barriers to finding employment, locating housing, receiving public assistance, and getting out from under past debts. Together, these obstacles often lead to a vicious cycle of incarceration and re-incarceration. The impact of prison also extends to children, families, and communities on the outside, who must manage the financial and emotional effects of separation.
Along with local organizations, The Seattle Public Library offers court-involved individuals—and their families—information and resources to help during and after incarceration.
HOW WE CAN HELP YOU
- Job Resources - Free job search and career development programs are offered at the Central Library and Rainier Beach branch.
- How to Apply for Job with a Conviction History - Class designed to help individuals with a criminal background successfully apply for employment.
- Computer Classes - Learn basic computer skills, how to use the Web, Microsoft Office programs and more.
- Adult Education Tutoring - One-on-one, walk-in tutoring to help learners with test preparation, job readiness and life skills.
- 211-Crisis Clinic - Crisis Clinic connects people in physical, emotional and financial crisis to helpful services. They maintain a comprehensive list of re-entry resources in King County.
- 4people.org - This website compiles and updates lists of reentry resources found in each county in Washington State.
- Alternatives to Violence Project - Training program enabling participants to deal with potentially violent situations in new and creative ways. Workshops are run by trained facilitators and are experiential (not based on lectures).
- Certificate of Restoration of Opportunity - A certification that can remove barriers to occupational licenses for qualified applicants who have a criminal history. This website explains who is eligible and how to apply for the certification.
- Children and Family Booklist - Books, DVDs and web resources for children and teens with court involved family members.
- Division of Child Support Alternative Solutions Program - This program links parents with government and community groups to increase their ability to get a job and be financially stable.
- Freedom Project - An educational organization serving inmates and those recently released back into the community. Their programs focus on nonviolent communication and mindfulness.
- Goodwill Job Training and Education Programs - Goodwill offers training and education as well as help finding a job.
- Guide to Sealing and Destroying Court Records, Vacating Convictions and Deleting Criminal History Records - A Washington State court brochure that provides information about sealing and destroying court records, vacating convictions, and deleting criminal history records.
- ILS Re-Entry Wiki - The Washington State Library division of Institutional Services list of links to a wide range of resources for people re-entering after incarceration. Contains statewide resources with robust resource links in Spanish and can be searched by county.
- Interaction Transition - Facilitates a successful, law-abiding transition by formerly incarcerated individuals, from life in prison to life in the free community.
- King County Community Partnership for Transition Solutions - A group of over 40 partners that work with court-involved individuals released from prison or jail that are transitioning to their families and community.
- Legal Financial Obligations (LFO) Interest Waiver Guide - This brochure provides information and forms on how to obtain a court order waiving or reducing interest on legal financial obligations (LFOs) in Washington State.
- National Reentry Resource Center - An organization that provides resources, information and guidance for individuals as well as service providers.
- Neighborhood Legal Clinics - Offers free, limited legal advice and referrals to King County residents and Washington State residents with legal issues in King County who might otherwise have no access to the legal system.
- Northwest Justice Project - Provides critical civil legal assistance and representation to low-income people in cases affecting basic human needs such as family safety and security, housing preservation, protection of income, access to health care, education and other basic needs.
- Parents for Parents Program - The King County Superior Court offers a program to help parents whose children have been removed from their care by Child Protective Services (CPS) or whose children are in an in-home dependency.
- Pioneer Human Services - Serves individuals released from prison or jail, and those in recovery, who are in need of treatment, housing, job skills training and employment.
- Post-Prison Education Program - Provides access to education and unwavering support through wrap around services including tuition, housing, groceries, daycare and intensive mentoring.
- Reinstate a Washington Driver's License - Get personalized instructions for what one needs to do to reinstate a Washington State driver's license.
- Seattle Municipal Court Resource Center - A one-stop connection point to multiple services in downtown Seattle: DSHS, ADATSA Assessments, Substance Abuse Services, plus housing, mental health and domestic violence treatment.
- Veteran's Incarcerated Reintegration Services - A joint project with King, Thurston and Clark Counties to address the needs of veterans incarcerated in county correctional facilities that offers alternatives to jail and referral to housing, employment services and addiction treatment.
- Voting Rights Restoration - Washington State's information page on voting rights after a felony conviction.
- Voting Right Restoration ACLU (Spanish) - American Civil Liberties Union fliers with information on restoration of voting rights after a felony conviction.
- Washington Law Help - Legal advice and resources for Washingtonians who cannot afford a lawyer.
- Workforce Development -Provides career assistance to U.S. Pretrial and Probation clients in obtaining meaningful employment.