CEO offers comprehensive employment services exclusively for people with criminal records. CEO’s model is based on a highly structured program of life skill education, short-term paid transitional employment, full-time job placement and post-placement services. This year, CEO anticipates preparing more than 3,000 people to move into mainstream employment.

CEO is committed to serving the most at-risk populations. We place an emphasis on providing services to Young Adults ages 18-25—a population who frequently has limited work experience and faces particularly strong barriers to entering the workforce.


CEO is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. For more than 30 years, CEO’s goal has been to provide immediate, comprehensive and effective employment services for men and women returning from incarceration.

CEO began as a demonstration project of the Vera Institute of Justice in the 1970s to address employment barriers facing the formerly incarcerated following release. In 1996, CEO became an independent nonprofit organization, providing comprehensive employment services to people newly released from New York State prisons and detention facilities. In the last decade CEO has made more than 17,000 job placements for formerly incarcerated persons into full-time employment.

One of CEO’s major strengths is its ongoing relationships with other organizations in the criminal justice, workforce development, and social service fields.