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Posted on: July 23, 2021

Bucks County Corrections Hosts Inaugural Job Fair for Inmates

People sitting it a table.

Eleven employers, five support agencies and 141 inmates participated this week in the Bucks County Correctional Facility’s first “Behind the Walls” job fair.

Inmates Thursday morning met with representatives from area employers, discussed career opportunities and submitted job applications, jump-starting the process of rebuilding their lives once out from behind bars.

“There are many benefits to employing previously incarcerated individuals after release,” said Billie Barnes, executive director of the county’s Workforce and Economic Development Department. “Businesses tap into the enormous potential of an often-overlooked talent pool of applicants eager to work.”

People sitting at tables.

PHOTO: Bucks County Correctional Facility inmates meet Thursday with representatives from area employers during a job fair for inmates at the jail.

Department of Corrections officials view the event as a key part of making incarceration not just a matter of retribution, but one also of rehabilitation.

“Equipping these returning citizens with the tools they need to succeed outside the correctional facility’s walls is crucial to our re-entry mission,” said Interim Director of Corrections David Kratz. “We extend our sincere thanks to the employers and agencies who helped make this inaugural event a success, and look forward to working with them in the months and years to come.”

Thursday’s event was a joint effort between corrections administrators, Workforce and Economic Development and PA CareerLink® Bucks County, a resource for the county’s job seekers.

People sitting at a table.

PHOTO: A Bucks County Correctional Facility inmate speaks Thursday with Human Services Resource Navigator Katey Marseglia during a job fair for inmates.

CareerLink was among the support agencies ready to assist inmates at the job fair, a list that also included Bucks County Adult Probation and Parole, the Bucks County Human Services HUB, the Bucks County Opportunity Council and the Bucks County Public Defender’s Office.

Participating employers were:

  • A.V. Weber
  • Amazon
  • Craft Pro Masonry
  • Double H Plastics, Inc.
  • Effluent Retrieval
  • General Flange and Forge
  • J. Sharp’s Landscaping, Inc.
  • Jericho National Golf Club
  • Peddler’s Village
  • Simmons Feed Co.
  • The Warrington

People sitting it a table.

PHOTO: A group of Bucks County Correctional Facility inmates speak Thursday with Amazon representatives during a job fair for inmates at the jail.

“Employers across industries have increasingly reached out to the Department of Corrections for work release referrals to fill open positions in Bucks County,” said Barnes. “In response, my department collaborated with the DOC to organize this Behind the Walls event as part of our ongoing effort to connect qualified candidates to job opportunities and fulfill the needs of employers looking to mitigate labor shortages.”

Before the last group of inmates had entered the jail’s all-purpose room to mingle with potential future employers Thursday, correctional facility officials and their partners had already begun talks of planning the facility’s next job fair. 

Media Contact: James O’Malley, 215-348-6414, [email protected]

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