JACKSON, MS – The Mississippi Department of Corrections wants inmates eligible for parole to re-enter both society and the workforce with decently-paying jobs. To that end, in the last couple of years MDOC has been instituting several new re-entry vocational programs designed to equip inmates with skill sets needed in today’s work environment, including welding, auto mechanics, heating, ventilation and air conditioning, engine repair, and others.
On Wednesday, June 22, MDOC will join with the Governor’s Job Fair Network of Mississippi in helping recent parolees find jobs. “This is important to our prisoners who’ve served their time,” said MDOC Commissioner Burl Cain, “and are ready for a new life and a new opportunity. This job fair is important to us in helping them to find placement.”
“Our role at the Mississippi Department of Employment Security and the Governor’s Job Fair Network is to ‘Help Mississippians Get Jobs,’” said Adam Todd, Director of the Governor’s Job Fair Network of Mississippi. “Through our partnership with the Mississippi Department of Corrections, we can bring our services to Mississippi’s returning citizens by hosting these re-entry job fairs. The job fair allows those individuals who may have been incarcerated and trying to get back into the workforce to connect with companies with job openings.”
The job fair will open at 9:00 a.m. at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum, Sparkman Auditorium, located at 1150 Lakeland Drive in Jackson. Job seekers should bring resumes and contact information to the fair which will operate from 9:00 a.m. through 1:00 p.m. All are invited to participate.