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At an N.J. prison, a job fair offers inmates a chance
By northjersey.com- Mike Kelly
Published: 12/01/2017

Robert Fudali stood in the center of a gymnasium at Northern State Prison in Newark on Thursday and gazed into his future.

All around him were the sounds of hope — of prison inmates, like himself, chatting with job counselors as they tried to plan new lives beyond the bars and barbed wire. Fudali, 45, who grew up in Seaside Heights, smiled and stared at the sheaf of papers in his left hand that listed jobs he might land when he is paroled in March.

Then his smile faded.

“I’ve been in jail for 21 years,” said Fudali, who was convicted of aggravated manslaughter after he beat a man to death with a crowbar at a homeless shelter in Trenton on a Friday night in March 1997. “My greatest fear is coming back here. I’ve been incarcerated so long that I don’t want to be a burden on somebody else.”

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