Detroit will go to any lengths to help find work for Kwame Kilpatrick and Monica Conyers, won’t they?

From NBC Chicago by way of Doug Ross:

The city of Detroit has high unemployment, and no one has a tougher time finding work than an ex-con.

So Detroit recently held a job fair strictly for ex-cons. More than 200 jobs were available, and no one who had not been convicted of a felony was eligible to attend.

I’m reminded of this from Norm MacDonald back when he did “Weekend Update” on Saturday Night Live:

In Detroit, under a new prison rehabilitation program called Fresh Start, employers will get a tax break if they hire an ex-convict. Employers who hire more than one ex-convict will get robbed and killed.

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5 Responses to “Detroit Holds Ex-Cons-Only Job Fair”

  1. Pasadena Phil on October 15th, 2011 5:59 pm

    Is there such a shortage of ex-cons in Detroit that they have to offer a subsidy to attract more?

  2. SignPainterGuy on October 15th, 2011 6:55 pm

    "…have to ….", no. "Want to ?", obviously, yes !

  3. Soul on October 15th, 2011 9:07 pm

    It isn't ex-cons but recall in the 90s hiring several prisoners for work. In town there was a prison program for non violent offenders. We, along with several of businesses in the area signed up. It was difficult to find workers at the time, and thought also would be nice to help the guys with a second chance. We took on 3 prisoners at our place. And all were wonderful – while still in prison. They were the best, most polite workers we had. All changed, almost over night! Once they were out, having served their time, all 3 changed nearly completely in attitude! I recall one fellow went so far at to begin dealing drugs in our parking lot. We called the police, and two weeks later he was picked up in a bust.

    That experience put an end in our hiring prisoners for work.

  4. Truesoldier on October 16th, 2011 2:54 pm

    Kinda ironic when you think about it. They have a job fair for ex-cons because ex-cons have a harder time finding a job, but then they exclude those with felonies (whom would have an even harder time finding a job).

  5. Jimbo on October 17th, 2011 2:55 am

    They should all run for city office and never be lonely for their kind again.

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