The Shelby County Office of Reentry is a community response to the needs of returning citizens with the support of the State of Tennessee (TDOC Commissioner), and Shelby County Government (Mayor's Administration). The Office of Reentry provides essential reentry resources in one place.
The ultimate goals of the Office of Reentry are:
To create connections between Shelby County reentry resources and specific employers ready to hire people with a criminal history.
Realign our focus from a traditional soft skills training, to hands-on technical and vocational programs in an effort to assist our clients in gaining self-sufficient employment, and/or entrepreneurship.
FOCUSED is an 11-week training program that combines job readiness with the opportunity for selection into one of our vocational training programs.
Upon completion, clients are prepared to earn livable wages utilizing the hard skills obtained, through employment or entrepreneurship.
In addition to job readiness, clients will receive vital information related to:
Voting Rights Restoration
Our clients will participate in a holistic network of community services designed to restore dignity and confidence while
providing opportunities for individual and family success. Clients that complete (minimum 80% attendance) FOCUSED will
have opportunities to gain self-sufficiency through employment or become entrepreneurs.
"It’s No doubt in my mind that The Shelby County Office of Reentry really worked with, and for me. Treated me like Family, gave me the Boost that I needed to move forward."
- Christopher M.
Briggs and Stratton Basic Small Engine Repair Certification
Lenght of Program: 6 Months
Basic 4 Cycle Theory
Inspiring New Koncepts (INK)
Pre-Release Program with Post-Release Support. INK will offer the following Vocational Training programs:
Environmental Service (Commercial, Residential, Construction)
Who qualifies for the Shelby County Office of Reentry services?
Anyone with prior criminal convictions. This includes current and past parole supervision, completed time-served, probation, etc. There is no limit on the number of prior convictions.
What types of employment opportunities are available?
Although the Shelby County Office of Reentry is not a job placement agency, we provide services (through in-house and community partners) for job readiness skills and preparation. At any time while an individual is a participant at the Shelby County Office of Reentry, they will be considered for job opportunities, as they become available, based on skills, education, and work experience.
Am I guaranteed employment?
Although it is our goal to help our clients find employment, it is not guaranteed. We provide many job readiness resources that will help you become more competitive in your job search.
Will the nature of my offense keep me from being considered for training?
No. Our staff will work with each participant to help them determine which training best meets their personal need by creating a Success/Goal Plan.
Would violation of probation exclude me from eligible services at the Shelby County Office of Reentry?
No. The Shelby County Office of Reentry is focused on providing services to those who need them - regardless of their status in the criminal justice system.
Must I reside in Shelby County to qualify for services?
No. You may be a resident of Shelby County, Fayette County, or Tipton County.
What do I have to do to become a participant?
If you are currently incarcerated and will be released to Shelby County, contact your Program Administrator for the facility and inquire about the Shelby County Office of Reentry. If you are post release (no time limit), call the office at (901) 222-4550 or visit us at 1362 Mississippi Blvd., Memphis, TN 38106 during the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Do I have to submit a drug screen?
Yes. Drug screens are given to our clients at initial intake and also randomly, as a condition of continued program enrollment.
What if I need transportation assistance?
Clients will have access to transportation assistance for medical and employment related appointments.