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Jobs found for 140 Kiwi offender

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 8/03/2017

A programme finding jobs for offenders who might normally struggle to find work after prison has placed 140 people in permanent positions.

The two-year pilot programme was launched in October and pairs for prisoners and community offenders with recruitment consultants.

Corrections Minister Louise Upston said stable employment was a major factor in helping offenders lead better, crime-free lives.

"Having a criminal record can mean unemployment and barriers to the workforce," she said.

"This programme is breaking down those barriers and supporting many offenders off benefits and into employment where they have the best chance of succeeding."

The programme includes some financial assistance where necessary to cover the cost of transport, uniforms, drug-testing and licence fees.

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