Saturday, May 25 2013 11:37 PM EDT2013-05-26 03:37:45 GMT
Albany Panther's first ever beer fest just wrapped up tonight. For 25 bucks beer lovers sampled more than 20 types of beer at the Civic Center and there was plenty of entertainment. Musical acts, suchMore >>
Albany Panther's held their first ever beer fest Saturday night. More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 11:33 PM EDT2013-05-26 03:33:38 GMT
Albany Police held a gospel concert to raise money for their annual community picnic event. Musical artists from around south Georgia performed at the Albany Municipal Auditorium Saturday afternoon.More >>
Albany Police held a gospel concert to raise money for their annual community picnic event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 10:30 PM EDT2013-05-26 02:30:39 GMT
A Turner County man is now in custody after he had a standoff with deputies for about two hours Saturday evening. Sheriff Andy Hester says deputies were called to the home of Ricky Nelson on CoverdaleMore >>
A man had a standoff with Turner County deputies for about two hours Saturday evening.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 6:27 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:27:57 GMT
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event. This may seem like a regularMore >>
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 4:52 PM EDT2013-05-25 20:52:02 GMT
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times. It happened around 3:15pm Saturday, near the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 19. Officials say John Earley wasMore >>
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times.More >>
65 million Americans with criminal records can't find work. That's according to The national employment Law center.
Should someone's criminal history keep them from being employed? Being free from jail can be a relief. But when it's time to go back to society those with a record are given an extra sentence.
"Once released from prison you are faced with a lot of factors. You need a job, education and family," said Dr. Ochie.
"It takes more time for a person with a record. Because we have to try and convince the employer to hire them," said Department of Labor Manager Betty White.
Finding an opening in the paper and filling out the application is easy. The hard part is the criminal background check. "Often times the stigma of being an ex offender does not allow them to gain employment," said Dr. Ochie.
"With the economy being like it is, their chances of finding a job is a little bit slower. But they can still find work," said White. About six months ago, Dr. Ochie started a non-profit called Second Chance for that exact reason. It helps people who have been behind bars get back to work.
"We teach conflict management, conflict resolution, and life-management workshops," he said.
According to his research, 400 ex-offenders come back to Dougherty County every year. "Two Thirds's of those will go back to jail six months, after being released. Because they are no programs to address their needs," he said.
Dr. Ochie is trying to change that, and get offenders back to work. For more information on Second Chance call (229) 883-3440.