Change that works.

CEO offers individuals just coming home from prison the ongoing support necessary to build career capital and financial stability. We believe that everyone, regardless of their past, deserves the chance to work toward a stronger future for themselves, their families, and their communities.

As the largest reentry employment provider in the country, CEO is using our scale, experience, and data – backed by our participants’ feedback on what works – to change the way government invests in criminal justice and workforce development. 

The CEO Model

Job-Readiness Training

We prepare people for success in the workplace.

Transitional Employment

We provide immediate paid work experience.

Job Coaching & Placement

We connect talented employees with quality employers.

Retention Services

We provide ongoing support to ensure our participants succeed.

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Our Locations

10 States. 28 Cities. 8,000+ Served Annually.

Work with us.

CEO's work crews provide an array of services for customers including local and state governments and private employers. With nearly 40 years of experience, we are your business solutions partner.

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Our Strategy

Direct Service

Over the last 10 years, CEO has grown from a single site in New York City to 28 sites across ten states. Now serving more than 8,000 individuals each year, CEO’s scaling is purposeful and focused on meeting the needs of our participants.



We know that CEO can’t solve recidivism alone. Our team works closely with government leaders and advocates to improve our country’s criminal justice system and provide workforce development services to formerly incarcerated people.

Policy & Advocacy

Program Innovation

CEO is one of the most effective employment-focused reentry programs in the country, and we are continuously working to improve. We strive to provide excellent services that ensure the best chance for success for our participants.

Program Innovation

Voices of CEO: Robert Crain

"Life before CEO was 12 years of prison."

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An update from CEO regarding COVID-19

As we expected, the COVID-19 pandemic has evolved significantly over the past few weeks. Several states, including New York, have taken executive action to drastically limit the number of businesses in operation in hopes of containing the spread of the disease. The health and safety of our participants, staff, and the community at large remain a top priority for CEO. For the past two weeks, our crews have been on the front lines providing crucial services at many government buildings that were deemed essential and had to remain open. However, things have shifted dramatically over the last week, and taking that under consideration, we have made the decision to shut down all work crews in New York City for the next two weeks.

The disruption we are all experiencing will fall hardest on our most vulnerable neighbors - including those returning from prison. Prior to this time, CEO participants faced overwhelming economic barriers as they returned home from incarceration. COVID-19 has magnified these already existing obstacles and will likely have a lasting impact on participants' ability to earn an income and support themselves and their families.

CEO is committed to supporting our current and past participants during this difficult time, but we cannot do this alone. Approximately half of our regular work crews remain functioning and are providing safe work opportunities for our participants. We are currently seeking to raise crucial funding that will ensure that our participants continue to receive the financial support they so desperately need.

Our dedicated staff members understand the importance of continuity and are working remotely so that we can continue to provide job coaching and job development support to our participants safely. During this period of instability, your support is more vital than ever in combating the economic insecurity that our participants face.