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Posted on: June 3, 2016

City of Jackson Promotes Fresh Start Program as Part of National Re-Entry Month

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Mayor Tony T. Yarber and the Department of Human and Cultural Services on Friday, June 3, held a news conference as part of National Re-Entry Month and to raise awareness about the City’s Fresh Start Program, which helps those formerly incarcerated to re-enter society.

“Our men and women who have made a conscious decision that crime will not be their way of life and instead want to pursue rehabilitation have the opportunity for that ‘fresh start’ through the City’s program,” Mayor Yarber said in remarks outside of City Hall.

The program works with individuals who have served their sentences and are seeking to better their lives. The “Fresh Start” staff conduct individual and panel interviews, check backgrounds and references, and refer individuals to job readiness training. They also assist with providing resources for educational advancement, healthcare and housing services.

The Mayor was joined by Police Chief Lee Vance, Hinds County Sheriff Victor Mason and members of the Fresh Start Task Force.

“As we deal with the crime issue in the City of Jackson and Hinds County, we hear a lot of rhetoric, but you hear very few solutions. This is a solution. There are ways for individuals who have found themselves inside the criminal justice system to get out of that system. Fresh Start is one of those ways,” Vance said.

Louis Armstrong, Deputy Director of Human and Cultural Services, said the program was created in response to the problem individuals encountered upon release.
“They often found themselves with no resources and unable to reconnect with their families,” Armstrong said.

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