South Coast Re-entry Job Fair gives those with criminal backgrounds a chance to find work

VIDEO: South Coast Re-entry Job Fair gives those with criminal backgrounds a chance to find work

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - People who have committed crimes are much less likely to get back into trouble, if they can hold down a job and make some money to pay their bills.

Officials with the judicial system know this fact all too well, and that's why they work with hiring agencies, to help people can back on track.

Next week, they team up to sponsor a job fair right here in the Lowcountry to help people with criminal backgrounds find work.

"We're all telling our folks who are on probation and parole, if you don't have a job now, you need to come to this job fair," Peter Boyle with the SC Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services said.

Whether it's drugs, bad checks, or other types of non-violent crimes, federal, state and local agencies are working together to put people with criminal backgrounds, back to work.

"Maybe they have a conviction for a crime, or they may even be on probation or parole right now, or maybe they just got out of prison and they need a job."

O'Boyle says there's a good chance folks with a criminal history can find work at the South Coast Re-entry Job Fair coming up on June 7.

The job fairs are held around the state.

"We started a tradition, when someone gets offered a job on the spot, then we ring the bell during the job fair. So we rang it 26 times in Spartanburg."

Those with criminal backgrounds will find more than work at the South Coast Re-entry Job Fair.

Law enforcement officers and prosecutors will also be on hand, to help with the process of expungement, increasing opportunities for employment in the future.

"There are certain crimes you can get wiped off your record, so then when you come to that box again in the future, you don't have to check it. Because technically your conviction has been expunged."

At least 20 companies will be looking to give folks a second chance, and organizers expect about 200 people to turn out.

The South Coast Re-entry Job Fair is open to all job seekers, including those who do not have a criminal background.   It takes place next Thursday, June 7, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Dorchester County Adult Education Center.  The address is 1325-A Boone Hill Road in Summerville.

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