Vocational education is a significant part of CoreCivic's reentry strategy. In 2016, we helped 5,020 inmates earn vocational certifications in fields like welding, carpentry, electrical and diesel maintenance. That same year, at our Davis Correctional Facility in Holdenville, Oklahoma, staff members helped 118 men earn vocational degrees.
By providing opportunities to earn nationally-recognized certifications, we can provide those in our care with the best chance of securing stable employment after release. Research shows that inmates who participate in vocational programs while incarcerated are 28 percent more likely to get jobs after release, decreasing their chances of ever returning to prison by 32 percent.