US ex-convicts go green for work

Programme gives ex-prisoners second chance by offering jobs in environmental projects.

    The US state of California has one of the most troubled economies and highest unemployment rates in the United States.

    Finding work is hard enough for people with solid career records. For those with prison records - the odds are much steeper.  

    But "Homeboy Industries" - a new non-profit organisation that trains former criminals to be skilled at reputable jobs - including the installation of solar panels in homes - is giving them a second chance in life.

    Al Jazeera's Tom Ackerman reports from California.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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