State hopes to help BX, city ex-convicts get jobs, stay out of prison

The state is reportedly trying to come up with ways to help Bronx and city ex-convicts find work and keep them out of prison.

According to a New York Times report, the state?s director of Criminal Justice Services has asked leaders from a variety of advocacy organizations to put recommendations into a report. The Independent Committee on Re-Entry and Employment estimates that many people released from prison or jail this year will be arrested again within three years. The committee is pushing for $25 million in incentives for employers to hire those with criminal records.

The fund the committee is pushing for would focus on specific neighborhoods, including south Bronx. The governor?s office is reviewing all of the recommendations, but says any changes probably won?t happen until the next governor takes office.

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