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43 Forum: Second Chance

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CLEVELAND, OH (3/21/10) - Host, Harry Boomer talks about second chances for ex-offenders.

Charles See, who runs Community Re-entry, says the program works to retrain and find jobs for ex-offenders. 

The program serves both men and women.  Between 6 and 8-thousand people leave federal, state and local lockups and return home to Cuyahoga County each year. 

Oftentimes, when a formerly incarcerated person comes home there is a major adjustment. 

They have to realign themselves with family and community norms and they also need housing and employment. 

Finding work is especially tough because of the stigma they carry.  It's made even more difficult because of the economy. 

Many formerly incarcerated individuals find themselves competing with others in the market, including the highly trained who is also out of work. 

Client James Walker talked about the fact that he was in prison for 30-years.  He said he used that time to finish his education and now he's counseling others at Re-entry. 

Walker says he still finds it difficult to adjust to life in society but that he really doesn't want to go back to jail. 

Re-entry helps thousands a year find a place to live, find a job and reconnect with their families.

For more information, call (216) 696-2715 or click HERE.     



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