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Mayor Slay announces program aimed at helping inmates transition from jail to jobs

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. ( – On Tuesday, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay announced a program aimed at helping people transition from jail to jobs.

The program, called the Prison to Prosperity Initiative, will target young adults between the ages of 17 and 25 that are jailed at the Medium Security Institution, otherwise known as the City Work House on Hall Street. 

The hope is that the program will create a pipeline for the inmates to successfully re-enter their communities when they get out of jail.

The inmates will receive access to supportive, credentialed job training before and after their release. They will also be connected to job opportunities.

"This kind of program gives us the opportunity to divert them from a life of crime, possibly, and then given them a chance to be productive in the community," said Dale Glass, Commissioner for the Division of Corrections.

The City of St. Louis, the Corrections Division, the St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment and Ranken Technical College are working together in the effort.

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