Who We Serve

CEO serves men and women with criminal convictions who are looking for work. In NYC, we contractually serve people under parole supervision, or who are on probation in the boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island. In upstate New York, we work with people on parole. We also accept other formerly incarcerated people on a case by case basis including individuals under  Federal probation.

People with criminal convictions face significant and multiple barriers to employment, including a lack of basic education and occupational skills, limited or no work history, and minimal family and community support systems. In addition, there is an increasing reluctance among employers to hire people with criminal histories.

CEO targets people recently convicted or released from prison regardless of their education, skills, work history, or initial motivation to work. CEO is widely recognized for its proven ability to work with the most difficult-to-employ individuals.

Ninety-four percent of CEO participants are men, with an average age of 31. One-third are between the ages of 18 and 25, and approximately 70 percent are fathers. CEO’s ethnic makeup, similar to state’s prison population, is 59 percent Black, 37 percent Hispanic, and four percent Caucasian, Asian or other.

Last year alone, we worked with hundreds of employers throughout the five boroughs to fill their vacancies. CEO has been providing comprehensive employment services to men and women with criminal histories for more than 30 years. In the past decade, we have placed over 10,000 placements individuals in full time employment.