By Barnett Wright
The Birmingham Times
District Attorney Danny Carr has announced a Jefferson County Second Chance Hiring Fair for October 17 at Boutwell Auditorium. The event will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
“It is only right for people with criminal histories to have fair opportunity to secure jobs to reach their full potential to become self-sufficient, productive citizens.” Carr said.
“The DA’s office recognizes there is significant correlation between crime and poverty, which is exacerbated with the prohibitive effect criminal histories have when attempting to secure employment,” he added. “Therefore, connecting this target population … to prospective employers is an effort to begin meaningful community outreach for our often-forgotten citizens.”
The fairs have had a significant impact on Jefferson County’s workforce. Since 2019, there have been eight job fairs; 1,500 job seekers; 786 hires; 50+ employers and a potential economic Impact of $19,650,000+ ($25,000 X 786)
Approximately 2,000 people reenter the workforce in Jefferson County after incarceration every year and organizers say each deserves an opportunity to secure employment to provide for their families and contribute to their communities. The goal is to work together to bring them into the same room with great employers who believe in second chances, organizers said.
“It feels good to walk into a place and be heard regardless of my past. This job opportunity has set me up for success,” said Chernell, who had been incarcerated.
“The Second Chance Hiring Fair gave me the opportunity to go back to work,” said Greg. “There were many employers present and I got hired on the spot.”
Companies are asked for their availability on October 17, whether they may have open positions for people with criminal backgrounds and are willing to interview and/or hire the day of the event.
Organizations can register at https://secondchancehiringfair.com/
Any questions can be directed to Jeremy Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated at 10:14 p.m. on 10/15/2023 to include the time.