Grant Will Help Inmates Learn Job Skills

A Bridgeport organization will receive more that $300,000 to continue a program designed to help former convicts find work to help cut down on recidivism rates.

Career Resources Inc. plans to use the $304,116 from the U.S. Labor Department to help ex-offenders in Fairfield County with services including job development, housing, substance abuse treatment, anger management and more. The program is run in a partnership will Bridgeport's One Stop Career Center.

Money for the program was initially awarded in 2009, and this grant provides a third year of funding for the initiative.

Three out of five former convicts will be charged with new crimes within three years of their release from prison, and two out of five will be re-incarcerated, according to the U.S. Justice Department.

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