Bevin unveils initiative to get prisoners back to work

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Gov. Matt Bevin's administration is starting a pilot project aimed at making sure more of Kentucky's prisoners get the skills needed to find jobs once they're released.

The initiative is called "Justice to Journeyman."

It will put inmates on track to earn credentials in skilled trades that they can use to land jobs. The project will match inmates with employers willing to take a chance on felons.

Bevin said Thursday that the project is part of efforts to make Kentucky the national model in helping turn former prisoners into productive citizens.

Labor Secretary Derrick Ramsey says it shows Kentucky is a "second-chance state."

The project will begin in three adult prisons and four juvenile justice facilities. Each program will be able to train about 15 people at a time.

© 2017 Associated Press


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