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Bill to provide career pathways for ex-offenders advances

NEW JERSEY – The Senate Labor Committee advanced bipartisan legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Anthony M. Bucco (R-25) and Senate Majority Whip Troy Singleton (D-7) that would establish a program to provide employment opportunities for formerly incarcerated individuals.

“It can be extremely difficult for individuals to secure employment opportunities necessary for self-sufficiency after serving their time and transitioning back into society,” said Bucco (R-Morris). “The combination of a criminal record and insufficient job training creates substantial hurdles to employment, leading to an increased risk of recidivism. By establishing the Second Chance Program we can address this unfortunate reality by linking formerly incarcerated individuals with viable employment opportunities, enabling them to become productive members of our communities.”

“After formerly incarcerated people re-enter society, both their record and the time lost while incarcerated can make it incredibly challenging to find well-paying, viable career opportunities,” said Singleton (D-Burlington). “In fact, more than 60% remain unemployed a year after release. The lack of opportunity can sometimes lead to recidivism, leading to more time in prison and further exacerbating their difficulties. Through a new Second Chance Program, we can connect them to opportunities for training and employment, thus reducing recidivism and helping them to have a successful reentry into the workforce.”

The bipartisan bill, S-2583, would:

  • Establish a Second Chance Program within the Department of Labor and Workforce Development (DOLWD).
  • Instruct the DOLWD to coordinate with labor organizations to provide viable career opportunities for New Jerseyans recently released from prison.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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