Working with Ex-Offenders: The Barriers They Face and The Con Games They Play

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Date(s) - 11/14/2019
9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Council Bluffs Public Library


Working with Ex-Offenders_ The Barriers They Face and The Con Games They Play

Working with Ex-Offenders: The Barriers They Face and The Con Games They Play

Jon Poore and Tony Rubek
Programs and Training Unit
Pottawattamie County Jail

9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Thursday, November 14, 2019
Council Bluffs Public Library, Room B
400 Willow Ave. Council Bluffs, IA 51503

Who Should Attend: Care Managers, Direct Care Staff, Therapist, Counselors, Licensed Mental Health Practitioners, and Supervisors
Training Objectives:

• Understand what a jail is today
• Learn the barriers inmates face upon release
• Be aware of the inmate con game
• Learn to stay safe


Cost: Free (The library parking lot is metered parking. A free lot is available at 623 6th Ave, Council Bluffs, Iowa)

About the Speakers: Jon Poore is a Detention Supervisor at the Pottawattamie County Jail, currently assigned to the Programs and Training Unit. His main responsibilities are to oversee all inmate programming and staff training. Jon has been with the Jail for 17 years and has worked in all areas of the jail as a Detention Officer including Housing Units, Booking and Classification, as well as Programs and Training. In 2016, he was promoted to Supervisor and assigned to his current unit. The jail has been able to add multiple new programs for inmates over the last several years, as well as advancements in staff training. Jon is a certified instructor in Interpersonal Communications Skills for Corrections and Making Direct Supervision Work in Corrections, both through the National Institute of Corrections, American Heart Association’s First Aid/CPR/AED, Oleoresin Capsicum (pepper spray), and General Jail Training through the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. Jon is also a member of the Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard. In his leisure time, Jon enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids, attending their events, camping, hunting, fishing, as well as woodworking and cheering on the Hawkeyes.

For the past 21 years, Tony Rubek has been a Detention Officer at the Pottawattamie County Jail. He has worked in almost every area of the jail, but he especially enjoys working in the Direct Supervision housing units and interacting with the inmates. Tony is currently assigned to the Jail’s Programs and Training Unit and assists in overseeing the jail’s Work Release program. He has been in this position for over 3 years and enjoys being able to help lead the jail’s ex-offenders in the right directions upon their release into society. He fully understands the need to reduce recidivism in our community. For over 19 years, Tony has been a Jail Training Officer and has trained over 50 new hires in jail’s extensive Training Program. Tony was recently certified as a Master Jail Training Officer, which allows him to train and certify newly selected Jail Training Officers. Tony is a member of the Jails Transport Team, and he is currently a Certified Instructor for Direct Supervision, Interpersonal Communication Skills, and PREA. Tony is also a Certified Offender Workforce Development Specialist. When he’s not at work, Tony enjoys spending time with his wife of 17 years, Gina, and his 15- year-old son, Anthony. Tony and his family enjoy travelling and attending national and local sporting events, Go Big Red!


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