Saturday, October 15, 2011
Predominantly black city had a job fair that was only for ex-cons
The city of Detroit has high unemployment, and no one has a tougher time finding work than an ex-con. So Detroit recently held a job fair strictly for ex-cons. More than 200 jobs were available, and no one who had not been convicted of a felony was eligible to attend. More than 1,200 attended and many wound up with employment. Julian Pate, the Director of Education at Focus: HOPE, a Detroit nonprofit which helps train candidates, claims that helping primarily black men between the ages of 18 and 24 who have been incarcerated benefits society.