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Job Training Program Aims to Help Criminal Offenders Better Their Lives

July 31, 2018 - 7:34 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Non-violent offenders facing prison time may find themselves diverted into a jobs program now set up right inside the St. Louis Circuit Court house.  Dr. Alice Prince is Executive Director of the city's job training and placement agency-SLATE.

“We want to let them know that it is not over for them, that they do still have a chance to make their lives better, and many times they have children, so not only will they impact their lives but they will impact future generations, and that's what's important,” she says.

Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner is setting up the program. It will also be used to find jobs for local ex-convicts getting out of prison, some of them considered violent offenders.

“We are going to be changing lives as people are trying to put their lives back together because they’ve made a mistake or two. We want to give them hope, we want to give them a bridge to prosperity,” Prince says.