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Where human needs and government intersect. The Division of Community Services promotes ongoing economic security and independence for the people of Shelby County. We do this by promoting, coordinating and delivering services that address the underlying conditions for well-being and justice. We strive to be a highly organized team and partner, dedicated to promoting a strong community where all people are able to reach their full potential.

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Oct 29

Pretrial and Re-Entry Partner and Get Focused

Posted on October 29, 2019 at 11:09 AM by Janet Lo

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Get Focused

Formerly incarcerated individuals, like all people, need stable jobs to support themselves, their loved ones, and to strengthen communities. But these individuals are unemployed at a rate of over 27%. Research shows they want to work but face structural barriers to securing employment. 

Fortunately, Shelby County Government has an initiative to help decrease this number. FOCUSED is a 14-16 week training program provided by the Shelby County Office of Reentry to assist those with a criminal background transition smoothly into the workforce. The Office of Justice Initiatives' Pretrial office is partnering to ensure a number of spots for their clients so they can be prepared to earn livable wages. 

Vocational programs provided include:

  • Commercial /Residential Janitorial Certification
  • Commercial / Residential Construction
  • Small Engine Repair
  • Low Voltage Electrician Apprenticeship
  • Forklift Training 
  • Commercial Drivers License
  • Welding
  • Machinery
  • Culinary Arts
  • Diesel Mechanic

For more information on how you can help someone with a criminal history, call 901-222-4550 or email them at, or call the Office of Justice Initiatives at 901-222-4000.