FILE – In this Feb. 25, 2014 file photo, New York city Mayor Bill de Blasio listens to a question during a press conference at P. S. 130 in New York.
Every inmate who leaves a Big Apple prison after serving a sentence of imprisonment is a job waiting for him or her, under a new city-funded initiative, Mayor de Blasio announced Wednesday.
On the question of why the ex-convicts were guaranteed to work on unemployed residents who have not broken the law — including the city of the high school and college graduates — Hizzoner insisted the initiative, which cost taxpayers $10 million per year, is a “smart investment for everyone.”
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“To get out of the cycle of crime and detention is in the interest of everyone,” he said.
“It’s part of life and we have to do better and to be better in the breaking of that cycle. And that is in the rest of interest, in the community’s interests, that is humane, in keeping with our faith traditions.”
He urged the unemployed to the head of a Workforce Career Center for job advice.
Under his Jails to Jobs initiative, “transitional employment” — and that is on a voluntary basis and takes up to eight weeks — will be offered to an average of 8,500 ex-cons a year in a range of fields.
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