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Ex- Felon starts organization to help released prisoners find jobs

Eric Payne, Ex-Felon/ Organizer of "Helping Me, Help Me" Eric Payne, Ex-Felon/ Organizer of "Helping Me, Help Me"
Clothes Payne received after his release from prison Clothes Payne received after his release from prison
Payne uses social media to promote "Helping Me, Help Me" Payne uses social media to promote "Helping Me, Help Me"

An Albany ex-felon is raising money to start his own organization to help newly released prisoners get back on their feet in hopes of finding a job.

48-Year-Old Eric Payne shows the clothes he got from the Georgia Department of Corrections after his release from prison last month.

"The state gave me that one set of clothing and 25 dollars to start my life over and that's not feasible,” said Eric Payne, Ex-Felon/Organizer.

They're clothes he says won't help him get a job.

"It's like a red flag, it says hey listen I just got out of prison,” said Payne.

Payne, who is a licensed pastor, says he turned to drugs to cope with the pressures and stress of opening a new church.

"I ran a red light and I got pulled over. I ran from the police and the police officers caught me a little bit later and I had a crack stem on me,” said Payne.

Payne was sentenced to 15 years in prison, but served just under two. He says looking for a job as an ex-felon has been tough. He's hoping his new organization "Helping Me, Help Me" will raise awareness of the clothing issues newly released prisoners face.

"If we had clothing, interview clothing, even clothes to just put on day to day it would help us to get to where we want to be,” said Payne.

It would also provide personal hygiene items and find job openings for ex-felons. So far, Payne has raised $25 and is using social media to reach out to celebrities and other organizations.

"So today is a new day, I've paid my debt to society and I'm really looking for every opportunity that I can to increase my chance of success and increase my chances of survival,” said Payne.

You can donate to "Helping Me, Help Me" by clicking here.

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