|Maine improves, strengthens prisoners’ re-entry process to work and community|
|By penbaypilot.com- Sarah Thompson|
ROCKLAND — Local employers need laborers, prison releasees need work experience, and corrections facilities need a way to reduce recidivism. Maine’s program to meet these three goals has gained traction over the last decade and on March 20, Maine Department of Corrections personnel, prisoners and ex-prisoners held a public forum to help local employers to understand better the process of hiring prison inmates and return them successfully to the labor force.
In a room at the University of Maine at Augusta’s Rockland Center, on the third floor of the Breakwater Building, approximately 60 attendees gathered for the three-hour discussion that was segmented into three sessions.
At least five of the audience members were employers interested in hiring through the work-release program, and seeking more information. Others included local employers who’ve been involved with the program for years, as well members of the Department of Labor and its Rockland Career Center, and a few inmates who told of how the program has benefitted them.
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