The power of hiring returning citizens
When those prisoners are released and trying to make their way back into society, does anyone think that the majority of them want to go back to something like that? In addition, there are so many jobs that they are prevented from taking. When they find one that will give them a shot, they are going to do everything that they can to keep that job.
The Center has a reentry program are we are working hard to get returning citizens retrained and ready for the workforce – the workforce that is currently having a very hard time finding people to take a number of jobs. I was so encouraged when I read that JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon spoke directly to this issue. Mr. Dimon was in Atlanta speaking at the Georgia World Congress Center about “empowering Atlanta’s Small Business Community.”
According the an article in the Atlanta Business Chronicle, Dimon, said a healthy economy requires healthy small business, and that Chase invests “continually in cities,” adding that they are in Atlanta “for the long run.” That includes engaging in efforts related to affordable housing and work-skills initiatives. He also voiced support of Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ initiatives related to helping non-violent prison inmates find jobs.
“Your mayor has a passion with getting felons back to work,” Dimon said of Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms. “I totally and absolutely agree with that; it’s a critical thing to do. How we treat felons after they’ve paid their price is completely unfair.”