Utah Department of Corrections

Finding Work in the Community

As you parole to your community, you may face a daunting challenge finding a stable job. In addition to finding a job that is a match for your skills, you may need to learn how to effectively talk about and overcome a criminal background. Correctional staff can help you overcome those obstacles.

Our AP&P agents, in collaboration with the Utah Defendant Offender Workforce Development Task Force, works with business and government partners to place offenders on a level playing field and boost odds of job success. Below are resources we offer that can help you in your efforts to find a job.

That help includes Job Readiness classes that help you pinpoint what kind of work you'd find satisfying, help you craft a resume and hone interview and job search skills, and provide tips on how to overcome job barriers. Check with the AP&P office in your region for details (see below).

This link will take you to a video produced by students at Utah Valley University about the UDOWD effort.

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Contacts For Offender Employment Workshops

Logan and Brigham City Offices (Northern Utah Region):

Kody Merritt




Ogden, Farmington and NUCCC Offices (Northern Utah Region)

Teresa Osborn




Salt Lake, Tooele and Park City Offices (Region 3): 

Valarie Cassity




Provo and Heber Offices (Region 4)

Damon Parcell