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Ex-Offenders


If you are an individual with a criminal record looking for an opportunity for a second chance, you can receive priority of services that may include financial assistance, case management, and training and supportive services as a Priority Population, defined by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Through the partnerships of the SC Works system, the statewide centers provide many programs and services to ex-offenders. To learn more, please click on a program below.

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Federal Bonding Program
A bond that can remove perceived barriers to employment that can be leveraged by jobseekers.

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Work Opportunity Tax Credit
A financial incentive available to employers who hire individuals that face significant barriers to employment.

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Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act 
Helps jobseekers access employment, education, training and supportive services.


Additionally, there are many employers in South Carolina who employ individuals with a criminal record. To connect with one of these employers in your local area, please contact your local SC Works center.


Resources for Ex-Offenders

There are many details that have to be organized and prepared in order for an individual to find and maintain a job including: documentation, transportation, childcare and even workplace accommodations. Click here to find additional services that may provide assistance to employment.


An Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary aids and services available upon request to individuals with disabilities at
ADA@dew.sc.gov.

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