Past offenders thrive in re-entry program to rebuild their lives

StillWater Press Website_LogoJanuary 28, 2014 By Megan Sando

STILLWATER, Okla. — Jamaal Smith went from behind bars to behind a podium and inspiring a crowd of people.

Upon leaving prison after four years, Smith couldn’t predict he’d be in the situation he is now. One where he not only has a job, but also loves his job.

He’s a successful baker at a midtown restaurant in Oklahoma City because of one program that wants to end the cycle of offenders returning to prison a second time.

The Center for Employment Opportunities is a national re-entry program that offers comprehensive employment services exclusively for people with criminal records.

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