Program helps former inmates get back into the workforce

HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – The state is taking steps to help ex-offenders get a job and stay on the right path in life.

Labor & Workforce Development Secretary Rachel Kaprielian was at CareerPoint in Holyoke Monday to highlight work being done at career centers across the state, including giving employers and job seekers a one-stop-shop for services.

One initiative also involves getting former inmates back into the workforce after they’re released from jail.

Sheriss Ashe, a Hampden Co. Sheriff, said it’s a program that drastically cuts recidivism rates. “It clearly shows this effort of working hard and a continuum, not just stopping services at the gates of Ludlow but continuing that back into the community, having partnerships is the key way to go and that’s what this is all about.”

David Gadaire, CareerPoint’s Executive Director, said he hopes the visit benefits the center financially down the road.

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