South Carolina is making an effort to see that low-risk offenders who served jtime have job skills and gainful employment when they are released.
Gov. Nikki Haley said Monday at the “Second Chance Summit” held in Columbia that, if those individuals have a job to go to and can be productive wage-earning members of society, the chances are greater they will not return to a destructive life style.
“These are people if we can lift them up, show them a skill, get them a job, not only are we changing a family, we’re giving a company a loyal worker and we’re changing the state of South Carolina. So this is one of a kind partnership,” Haley said.
The three state agencies partnered together for the effort are the Department of Employment and Workforce (DEW) the Department of Corrections (SCDC) and the Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services.
DEW Director Cheryl Stanton said companies that hire the individuals once they are released can get tax credits.
“(The immates) have resumes, they have interview skills, they have other soft skills, but they also have information to help the employee understand the tax credits and the federal bonding they can get if they hire that individual,” said Stanton at the summit.
The purpose of the event was to highlight the work being done by the agencies to help educate, train and employ ex-offenders and to demonstrate to South Carolina businesses the benefits of hiring them as they re-enter the workforce.