Cumberland County Jail Expanding Jobs Program for Inmates

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BRIDGETON, N.J. -

The Cumberland County Jail is working to expand its American Jobs Program thanks to a huge loan from the United States Department of Labor.

The Cumberland County Department of Workforce Development, in partnership with the Cumberland County Department of Corrections and Stronger Families, was awarded $500,000 to build on its American Jobs Program by creating and operating a jobs center inside the jail.

WATCH: THE PRESS CONFERENCE ANNOUNCING THE NEW JOBS PROGRAM AT CUMBERLAND COUNTY JAIL

Cumberland County Jail Warden Richard Smith, the Board of Chosen Freeholders, and other key officials met on Friday, May 19th, in Bridgeton to discuss the impact the loan will have on the community and the inmates.

Among the speakers was a former inmate who shared how the program changed his life for the better. After his release, he was able to get a job and go back to school.

The hope is for soon-to-be-released inmates to receive the services they need to prepare for employment and increase their opportunities for a successful reentry into their home communities.

It's a journey he is proud of, and he says he couldn't have done it without the help of the American Jobs Program.

"The way I look at it is if you got ambition, dedication, and motivation, nothing can stop you," says Benny Negron, a graduate from the workforce program. "I needed this, this is a learning experience for me, you live and you learn and I'm very proud of myself. I wouldn't see myself where I'm at now roughly a year ago and for that, I'm really really proud of myself."

The Department of Labor awarded approximately $5.5 million in grants to 11 organizations across the country to operate specialized American job centers.

The hope is for soon-to-be-released inmates to receive the services they need to prepare for employment and increase their opportunities for a successful reentry into their home communities.

Watch the press conference by clicking below.

Cumberland County Jail Press Conference Jobs Program Bridgeton Video


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