Most employers are turned off by ex-convict applicants, [TDCJ laundry, food and supply director Tony D'Cunha] said, but hiring from this program has been “exceptional.”Want to reduce recidivism and long-term costs for incarceration and crime? More than anything else, transitioning ex-offenders into the workforce makes the rest possible. It'd be nice to see this program not just continued but scaled up.
“This can be a model for food banks nationwide, where the prison system gives back to the community by returning (inmates) to society as taxpaying citizens,” D'Cunha said.
Monday, February 06, 2012
More of this, please: Vocational training for prisoners facilitates jobs on reentry
Prison trusties in Hondo participate in get on-the-job kitchen training at a community food bank, with many hired as cooks upon release. Reported the SA Express-News ("Inmate cooks give back at food bank," Feb. 5):