Transfr believes in second chances and is a proud supporter of educational and workforce development initiatives focused on youth and adults who have current or previous justice-involvement. Though the purpose of reentry and juvenile programming is to reduce recidivism and rehabilitate, many states still struggle with recidivism rates at or above 40%. This means nearly 1 in 2 will end up repeating the cycle of arrest and incarceration. Youth and adults exiting incarceration or completing at-home monitoring are presented with a mountain of challenges and barriers to successful reentry that take an invested ecosystem to address.
Through strategic partnerships, meaningful reentry and juvenile justice initiatives increase access to social supports, mental health and recovery services, housing, education, and workforce development initiatives that train and help connect individuals directly to employment. These initiatives reduce recidivism and save taxpayers millions of dollars. The U.S. Department of Education found that “every dollar invested in prison educational programs saves taxpayers up to five dollars.” Approximately 95% of individuals that have been arrested will return to society. Reentry initiatives acknowledge that the individual who was arrested is more than their mistake – they have hopes and dreams, a family, a purpose. Reentry initiatives also acknowledge that helping these individuals connect with meaningful support and employment make our communities safer, healthier, and wealthier.
Through virtual and augmented reality, Transfr is able to offer access to skills training and career navigation for in-demand, well-paid jobs that hire justice-impacted youth and adults both in-facility before release as well as in-community.
Transfr is partnered with jails, prisons, and CI across the country to provide industry-aligned skills training for in-demand local careers. The success of these initiatives hinges on access to training and education prior to release, pipelines to local employers, and soft hand-offs to community-based partners who can provide mental health, recovery, housing, and other social support. Correctional Industry partners have utilized Transfr to both onboard new employees as well as prepare inmates for reentering the community.
In addition to industry-aligned skills training and career exploration, Transfr also offers individuals who are incarcerated the opportunity to
“Hands-on access to VR is a virtue in itself, and it’s been instrumental in getting adult learners closer to their career goals in living-wage industries.”
Katherine Maloney, VP of Workforce Development, MoKan Goodwill
Transfr is partnering with nonprofits, probation/parole, community colleges, and workforce development board to create ecosystems and reentry programming across the country focused on engaging returning citizens with the necessary resources and skills to break cycles of recidivism and incarceration.
By augmenting in-person training with Transfr’s VR headsets, community-based partners have
“This program is creating 5-star recruits: Teachers are empowered and engaged, students are better qualified and ready for success on day one. “
Donny Jones, COO West Alabama Works
Secure and portable training
VR headsets bring the training directly to trainees, no need to transport trainees to different sites. Headsets will need to be charged and given access to Wifi to work. Headsets are restricted to access only Transfr’s simulations and comply with facility security regulations.
Safe learning environment
Safe environment for learners and trainers that bridges gaps in job awareness, training, hiring, and retention. Enables skills practice without exposing trainees to sharp or hazardous materials.
Explore and train for in-demand, high-paying careers
Before careers are added to career exploration and skills training, Transfr researches that these careers are in-demand and are compensated above a living-wage.
Transfr’s training only requires facilitation, it does not require expertise from the teacher/facilitator. It does not require labs or material costs. It does not require transportation. It does not require any special spaces and can be accomplished in any room with WiFi access. Reducing recidivism with increased employability and access saves taxpayers millions of dollars. In the state of Illinois, each instance of recidivism costs the state of IL $118, 746.
Transfr VR offers solutions to enhance reentry and juvenile justice programs, foster excitement for learning, increase employability, and decrease recidivism rates
Transfr VR simulations and headsets are being used in jails, prisons, and juvenile facilities across the country, but they do require a Wifi connection. Much like the tablets used in many facilities, the headsets are only equipped with the Transfr app and cannot browse the internet, the app store, or any kind of chat.
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