Offenders get second chance at career fair
Thu, 18 Jul 2013 17:55:55 GMT —
The Department of Labor and the State Board of Pardons and Paroles came together Thursday to host an Offenders Career Fair.
The purpose of the fair was to give those on parole and probation a chance to meet and interact with employers face to face. They were also able to fill out applications and hand them in before they left.
FOX 31 spoke to several people who attended the fair who all stressed how much they just needed someone to give them a second chance. They all agreed that they had made mistakes but they want to be a better person now and they don't want to go back to prison.
There are 446 offenders under parole supervision in Dougherty County and only 40% of them are employed; last year that number was 60%.
Officials with the fair said as soon as an offender is employed their chances of returning to prison drop significantly.
Stay connected to MySouthWestGA.com as stories develop and the FOX 31 Newscast at 10 PM. Visit us on Facebook and Twitter to join in on the conversation and connect with FOX 31!