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Career Resource Fair Held for Ex-Offenders in Reno

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The job market is competitive for most people these days, but for people with felonies on their records, finding a job can be a nearly impossible task.

One local organization that helps ex-offenders get back on their feet after prison held a career resource fair Wednesday. They're hoping to teach them some skills that will give them a better shot at a second chance.

"The whole things about being a felon-- it weighs heavy on people. And so what we try to teach them is to turn that around and make it into a positive," says Rene Brooksher.

The Ridge House had speakers and workshops-- to teach people skills like-- making a resume, how to dress for an interview and how to answer questions about their criminal records.

And some of the participants we spoke with say-- it was a huge help. They say the job hunt can be very discouraging after prison-- but now-- they're feeling optimistic.

"It can be difficult, but you have to have a positive attitude when you're going about it, I believe," says Jose Lemus.

Noelle adds, "a lot of people on the outside really hold it against you. They don't realize that we are just people that made a mistake, who really are just looking for a second chance in life."

Nevada's most recent recidivism rate-- that is the rate at which felons re-offend and end up back in jail-- stood at around 28%. That means more than a quarter of our prisoners are cycling back through the system - and experts say one of the best ways to stop that cycle is by making sure they have steady jobs.

Written by Arianna Bennett

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