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State leaders want more businesses to hire ex-offenders

A forum was held in Albany to encourage businesses to hire offenders A forum was held in Albany to encourage businesses to hire offenders
The Dept. of Community Supervision is working to find jobs for people getting out of prison The Dept. of Community Supervision is working to find jobs for people getting out of prison
Leslie Lamb, Re-Entry Services Community Coordinator Leslie Lamb, Re-Entry Services Community Coordinator
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The Department of Community Supervision held a roundtable discussion Tuesday night with business leaders in Albany, hoping to encourage more people to hire folks after they get out of prison.

According to the department's Re-Entry Services Unit, people who get a job within 60 days of their release, double their chances of staying out of jail. Leslie Lamb, Re-Entry Services Unit Community Coordinator, said "The greater majority of the individuals who come out want the same thing we want. They want a job that they can provide for their families. They want to able to earn their own money in a legal manner."

Officials answered questions about tax breaks for businesses that hire offenders and the skills they have coming out of prison.

They say Georgia's recidivism rate is one of the lowest in the country, but they want to lower it even more.

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