Youth Inmates Get Opportunities Through Managing Surplus Electronics

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Merit ePartners, a self-supported, non-profit surplus electronics management program at N. A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility in Stockton, California successfully teaches young adult offenders the job and behavioral skills they need to succeed at work.

Merit’s program benefits the prisons, the taxpayers, private industry and at-risk youth. At present there are only two such programs functioning in California.

Merit ePartners, a self-supported, non-profit surplus electronics management program at N. A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility in Stockton, California successfully teaches young adult offenders the job and behavioral skills they need to succeed at work.

A fully self-sustained social enterprise that began on-site eight years ago, Merit accepts surplus electronics from outside companies and under the trained guidance of staff members, employees refurbish the equipment to original factory state to be resold or they disassemble the equipment for recycling. In addition to technical training, employees are given valuable soft skills such as responsibility, professionalism and proper dress attire, etc. When employees leave prison, they walk out with technical skills, behavioral skills, savings, and confidence that they can contribute to society.

Compared with 57 percent for their peers, fewer than 18 percent of Merit employees have been re-incarcerated for a new crime or parole violation. Merit’s program benefits the prisons, the taxpayers, private industry and at-risk youth. At present there are only two such programs functioning in California.

One quarter of California’s inmates will soon be released into our communities. With little money or job skills, many of them will resort to crime and a cycle of re-incarceration. Prison job training programs like Merit ePartners have the potential to revolutionize our prison system. Chronic recidivism is costing California taxpayers almost $11 billion a year. Finding and implementing cost-effective solutions like Merit ePartners should be a priority.

For more information or to make a donation, contact Suzy McCausland, Executive Director, at (888) 322-6531
Read more about Merit ePartners at http://www.MERITePARTNERS.org.

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