Haley highlights efforts to help former prisoners find jobs

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Gov. Nikki Haley is highlighting her administration’s efforts to help inmates find a job when they’re released from prison.

The Republican governor told inmates Monday at Manning Correctional Institution they deserve a better life on the other side of the barbed-wire fencing, and that starts with a job.

Haley was visiting the state Department of Employment and Workforce’s “work ready initiative” at Manning.

About 450 former inmates have completed the program since it launched in November 2014. The state agency says 98 report they’re employed. Exact numbers are unknown.

Inmates in the program learn a construction trade, gather computer and interview skills, craft a resume and apply for jobs online.

The agency is asking employers to give ex-prisoners a chance. Nearly 200 businesses are on the “second chance” list.

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