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Program provides 'Fresh Start' for convicted felons

Aug 31, 2015 | by Lynn Powell

Individuals with felony convictions have an opportunity for a fresh start in connecting with jobs, programs and resource agencies courtesy of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
At the Fresh Start Reentry Program Resource Fair, held Aug. 26, individuals with felony convictions were able to meet with community resource agencies and hear about employment opportunities.
“The Fresh Start Reentry Resource Fair offered individuals with felony convictions valuable resources to help them find success in the community,” said U.S. Attorney Danny Williams.
After serving time in prison, individuals often have difficulty finding employment which can be a barrier to reentry into the community.

By Lesa Jones TB&LN Editor | Posted 9 hours ago

Individuals with felony convictions have an opportunity for a fresh start in connecting with jobs, programs and resource agencies courtesy of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

At the Fresh Start Reentry Program Resource Fair, held Aug. 26, individuals with felony convictions were able to meet with community resource agencies and hear about employment opportunities.

“The Fresh Start Reentry Resource Fair offered individuals with felony convictions valuable resources to help them find success in the community,” said U.S. Attorney Danny Williams.

After serving time in prison, individuals often have difficulty finding employment which can be a barrier to reentry into the community.

“The Fresh Start Reentry Resource Fair offered individuals with felony convictions valuable resources to help them find success in the community,” said U.S. Attorney Danny Williams.

After serving time in prison, individuals often have difficulty finding employment which can be a barrier to reentry into the community.

“A steady source of income provides stability and decreases the risk of recidivism,” Williams said. “Today, through the collaboration with our reentry partners and local businesses, the participants took a step forward toward a “Fresh Start” in the community.”

Participating vendors provided information related to housing, employment, food, clothing, counseling and legal services offered in Tulsa County.

The Resource Fair was a partnership with the U.S. Probation Office, the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, and the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education.

In October 2013, the United States Attorney’s Office launched the Fresh Start Reentry Program. It is dedicated to reducing criminal recidivism in the Northern District, which includes Tulsa, by helping individuals with felony convictions gain access to resources, and provide them with the necessary motivation for success when reintegrating into the community.

Fresh Start is a product of the Department of Justice’s Smart on Crime Initiative.

Lesa Jones

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