Detroit Hosts Job Fair for Former ‘Offenders Only’

Thousands show up for "Offenders Only" job fair in Detroit, Wednesday, October 12, 2011.

Crime is out of control any time a city has to have a job fair for those who have committed crimes…only!  The exclusive job fair in a city and state riddled with unemployment might tempt someone to take a walk on the wild side just to get a job.

The Grio reported that Wednesday’s job fair was organized by Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh in conjunction with Wayne County Community College and Kelly Services. Pugh is in his first term with the city council and job opportunities for convicted felons has been a part of his crusade since he took office in 2010.

With “over a quarter of Detroit’s residents unemployed, and almost 30,000 of them are either on probation or out on parole,” this job fair was a beacon of hope to a lot of families that have been suffering with the residuals of their family member’s crimes.  The second chance these employers are willing to give is phenomenal.

Another supporter of the job fair was Focus: HOPE.  Focus: HOPE has been a major crusader for those in need in the city for over 40 years.  They provides educational and vocational training as well as assistance with food.  According to the Grio report, Focus: HOPE will be instrumental in the facilitation of those who have faltered and are looking to turn things around:

“Our primary courses of study would be advanced manufacturing, which helps individuals to train to become computer numerical control machinists and the other is information technology,” said Julian Pate, the Director of Education at Focus: HOPE since 2002. “These paths can ultimately end up with a Bachelor’s Degree.”

They are also offering a machinist training and medical assistant programs and have recently launched a program directly benefiting black males ages 18-24 who have “recently been incarcerated or chronically unemployed.”

Read more here.

-J.C. Brooks

One thought on “Detroit Hosts Job Fair for Former ‘Offenders Only’”

  1. Think this is a forward step. It’s not uncommon for parolees, etc. to return to crime out of frustration because they were unable to land employment due to their criminal record. Hopefully the city is going to measure the results of this effort. If it works, maybe other cities will try a similar program/offering.


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