Lansing mayor touts jobs program for returning offenders

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Lansing city officials are trying to help people who’ve served time get hired after getting out. 

Lansing mayor Andy Schor hosted an breakfast this morning at Cooley Law School Stadium downtown to talk to employers about giving people second chances. 

The mayor and police chief Mike Yankowski say hiring “returning citizens” is the right thing to do.

He adds the “Offender Success Program” benefits the employer, the employee and the community as a whole by reducing the amount of people who re-offend and therefore improving public safety.

“What we have today is matchmaking,” said Schor. “We are showing that these folks are being reabilitated and have a skill and now we are going to put them to work. When you put someone to work, they are now a productive person of society.”

More than 20 employers attended the event.

 For more information about the “Offender Success Program” contact the city of Lansing Office of Financial Empowerment at 517-483-4285.

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