Upcoming event aims to help convicted felons get a Second Chance - KOAM TV 7

Upcoming event aims to help convicted felons get a Second Chance


News release from Pittsburg State University Social Work students:

On Saturday, April 20th, at 1pm, PSU social workseniors Samantha York and Mandy Lickteig, are hosting an event at Lincoln Park,Shelter #3 behind KiddieLand, for all business owners, managers and guests inthe Pittsburg and the surrounding areas. Individuals attending will be provided a free lunch and experiencespeakers who will relay the social importance and benefits of hiring someonewith a criminal past.  Those speakerswill include Kelli Martinez from the Kansas Department of Corrections, StacyHauck from Community Mental Health Center of Crawford County, and additionalprofessional presenters who have expertise in coordinating individuals with acriminal history and employers so that both parties may benefit.  Each person attending will also receive aninformational packet for the Free Federal Bonding Program and the WorkOpportunity Tax Credit program that is available for most businesses to receivefinancial incentives for hiring individuals with a felony conviction.

As of February 2013, 84individuals were on parole in Crawford County. Many of those individuals have a felony conviction on their record whichkeeps them from getting a job.  A studyin 2008, by Nancy La Vigne, the director at the Justice Policy Center statedand found in her study that post-release employment was the most importantpredictor of recidivism and the success of an offender's reentry into thecommunity. The purpose for the event is to help reduce the recidivism rate inour area.  The outcome Mandy and Samanthawould like to see for the Pittsburg area is that everyone gets an equal chanceat a job they have skills and qualifications for.  In turn, this would increase the amount ofemployed, productive, taxpaying people in the region.

Communitybusiness owners, managers, and guests are invited to join in an opportunity tomake a difference in the community we live in and give someone a "Second Chance."  The free lunch and guest speaker event is at1pm on Saturday, April 20th. Also, as an added bonus for all attendees, their names will be put intoa drawing to receive a free $250.00 custom built prize that they will get to helpdesign. For additional information contact: Samantha York- 620-704-6705 lyork@gus.pittstate.edu or MandyLickteig- 620-719-1223 sekrccml@yahoo.com.

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