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The Case For Hiring Ex-Offenders

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Jamie Hibdon for WBEZ

In Chicago, conventional wisdom says that “nothing stops a bullet like a job.” Mayor Emanuel has even said, “The best anti-crime program is a job.” The question then becomes: How many jobs would it take to drive down violence in Chicago? And, more importantly, which employers will actually give jobs to the formerly incarcerated? 

Morning Shifttalks to Pete Leonard and Thomas Decker, two employers who make it their business to give jobs to people who have spent time behind bars.

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