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Former inmate shares success story

Jamaica Jones shared her story of success after prison at a stakeholders meeting. (Source: WALB) Jamaica Jones shared her story of success after prison at a stakeholders meeting. (Source: WALB)
Jamaica Jones. (Source: WALB) Jamaica Jones. (Source: WALB)
On Tuesday, Healing Communities Station of Hope presented Jones and Strive2Thrive an award for their work. (Source: WALB) On Tuesday, Healing Communities Station of Hope presented Jones and Strive2Thrive an award for their work. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A former inmate is sharing her story of redemption, hoping it will inspire others. 

In 2010 Jamaica Jones was sentenced to 10 years behind bars after being found guilty of being part of an armed robbery. 

She was released in 2013 on parole,  but no one would hire a convicted felon. 

Today, she shared her story at an Albany Dougherty Stakeholders meeting. 

Jones went back to school and joined 'Strive2Thrive,' an anti- poverty initiative that helps impoverished families in Albany and Dougherty County.

Now she's managing a store.

"It get very disturbing constantly hearing no," said Jones. "No I can't rent to you, no I can't give you this job. A lot of times we just need that person that we can just talk to and give us that encouragement."

Jones said Strive to Thrive gave her the mentor she needed.

Program coordinators are working with other inmates to help them succeed.

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