JACKSON – More than 100 job hunters being supervised by the Mississippi Department of Corrections attended a job resource fair Nov. 17, hosted at the Hinds County Probation and Parole Office.
“Overall, the success of the Job Fair exceeded our expectations because of the large number of offenders and vendors who participated,” said Keith Brown, a supervisor with the Hinds office. “We are in the planning stages of conducting a mental health fair in partnership with the VA Hospital and Region 9 Hinds Behavioral Health. We are planning to conduct job fair this spring.”
Slightly more than a dozen vendors participated. Those represented include Tougaloo College, UPS, Logan’s Road House, Advantage Staffing, WIN Job Center, Tyson Foods, Families First, Manpower, Brown Bottling Group, and Hinds Community College – MI BEST Program.
Recruiters and agencies had the chance to have a face-to-face interaction with the parolee or probationers who were potential employees.
“Part of our mission is to help reduce recidivism,” Commissioner Marshall Fisher said. “If we can position offenders so that they can find employment, then they are less likely to return to prison.”
Tougaloo College assisted MDOC with the fair.
Legal representation was present to answer questions about the expungement process.
The Hinds office at 421 W. Pascagoula St. supervises over 2,500 offenders.