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Job Training for Prisoners

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A Bridgeport organization has been awarded over $300,000 to continue a program designed to help former convicts find work.

The U.S. Labor Department has granted the money to Career Resources to help ex-offenders in Fairfield County with services including job development, housing, substance abuse treatment, anger management and more. The program is run in a partnership will Bridgeport’s One Stop Career Center.

Money for the program was initially awarded in 2009, and this grant provides a third year of funding for the initiative.

The idea is to help cut down on recidivism rates.  The Justice Department says three out of five former convicts will be charged with new crimes within three years of their release from prison, and two out of five will be re-incarcerated.

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