Retired exec helps youth offenders

by Tom Gallagher

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Retired executive helps youth succeed after jail

"Although many people would think that inmates leave behind the most difficult time in their lives when they get out of jail, the reality is that the challenges that arise after they are freed are possibly much harder to overcome than their incarceration itself.

And statistics from Rikers Island confirm exactly that: Approximately 60 percent of inmates return to prison, overwhelmed by a lack of direction and goals in their lives and, most importantly, the uphill battle to find a job that gives them a chance to earn an honest living.

NPR reports that a nonprofit in Harlem, N.Y.,"Getting Out and Staying Out" was founded by retired cosmetics executive Mark Goldsmith and has assisted more than 1,500 young men. The nonprofit helps them prepare for job interviews, find a place to live and, in some cases, help them pay for college or vocational school. Only 20 percent of those who go through the program return to prison."


Here's a similar story I wrote in 2009 for NCR on prison ministry and life on the outside: There but for the grace of God

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