Crime & Justice

California prison officials hold parolee job fair to reduce recidivism

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California prison officials are holding a job fair for ex-offenders in Pasadena Wednesday. The event is the first of its kind in Los Angeles County.

California’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is co-hosting the job fair for unemployed parolees. A spokeswoman for the agency says research indicates that a parolee with a job is far less likely to commit more crimes.

Two-dozen employers, many of them small businesses, will be on hand to interview candidates for jobs in construction, telemarketing and other fields. The federal government rewards employers who hire ex-felons with a $9,000 tax break.

The City of Pasadena and the City and County of Los Angeles are co-hosting the event with Corrections and the California Department of Motor Vehicles. They’ll offer parolees assistance with writing resumes, filling out applications and rehearsing job interviews.

Organizers expect 400 parolees to attend.