Work and Gain Education & Employment Skills (WAGEES)

Work And Gain Education & Employment Ski l ls Project (WAGEES) is a new community re-entry program created by the Colorado General Assembly as part of House Bill 14-1355. The Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition advocated for this program that partners Colorado Department of Corrections with faith and community-based organization to improve the employment prospects of people recently released from prison.

This parole-referral program will increase the employment rate of parolees, increase the rate at which participants receive high school diplomas (or equivalent or industry-recognized credentials) and increase the rate at which participants enter post-secondary education and long– term vocational training.

The goal is to facilitate successful re-entry and decrease the recidivism rate of medium to high-risk parolees.