Local Pastor Helping Men Recently Released from Jail

Tuesday, July 11, 2017


A Gadsden pastor speaks to the Chamber of Gadsden and Etowah County about helping men get back on their feet after spending time behind bars. Fatherhood Initiative Director, Pastor Willie Simmons says that the program works to help recently released men find gainful employment in the community. Through that, he says, men are able to help the community in a meaningful way. By helping these men find and keep employment, Simmons says they can reunite with their families to stop their children from falling into a cycle of imprisonment. Circuit Judge David Kimberly adds that helping these people as they are released benefits the community as a whole. Kimberly goes on the say that without employment, two-thirds of those released from jails and prisons return within two to three years, but with employment for just six months the rate drops to nearly zero percent. The program does not use tax dollars, but instead costs $5,000 to the person being helped.


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