More than 3,000 people turned out in downtown Houston, Texas, Wednesday for a job fair designed for convicted felons.
What a sensational idea. Here is why:
Lavell Byrd was just one of the people who came out in search of work. He told KHOU that he hadn't had a full-time position since December. "I'm an ex-con, and that's the main thing that's holding me back," Byrd said to KHOU. "It's a very, very, very hard thing that people still look at what you did in the past and not what you can do in the future."
Giving people like Byrd a chance to succeed and be a productive part of the work force is in the interest of all of us, said council member Johnson. If ex-criminals can't find jobs, they're more likely to land back in prison, he said." They made a mistake, but they've paid their debt to society," he said. "At the end of the day, we are all going to pay if we don't open the doors of opportunity -- whether we become the victims [of future crimes] or we have to use our tax dollars to imprison them."
What an incredible program indeed!