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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A special job fair is being held this morning in Albany for men and women who have gone through the criminal justice system.

The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has invited employers to meet with Parolees, Probationers, Transitional Center residents, and recently released inmates of Dougherty County.

This is the first year they are holding a job fair like this in our city, but parole officers say they've been working hard in workshops, to improve their resumes and social skills, to help them land the right job.

The Department of Labor, Good Will, Vocational Rehab and Albany second chance teamed up with Pardon and Paroles to provide those workshops to prepare them for today's job fair.

Between 12 and 18 employers will be there this morning to talk about available positions and interact with those attending.

Officials say this should help them  in utilizing the many skills sets they already have and rejoin society.

"It's statistically noted and proven that if offenders have a job, then their likely hood of succeeding just increases dramatically," said Leslie Lamb, Chief Parole Officer, District 14.

There are around 450 parolees in Dougherty County alone and 115 more in surrounding counties, but Albany all together has around 4,500 people that have moved through the criminal justice system that are ready to work.

The job fair will be at the Candy Room on 125 Pine Avenue from 9 this morning until noon.

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