"One of the greatest needs facing returning citizens is employment. Providing access
to education and marketable certifications while incarcerated significantly increases
a returning citizen's chances of obtaining employment and reduces his or her likelihood
of re-offending," said Daniel J. Bevan, president of the Huey and Angela Wilson Foundation.
The Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC) Foundation has received a $70,000 grant from the Huey and Angela Wilson Foundation to support the college's corrections technical education program.
The grant was received as part of the Wilson Foundation Prison Reentry Initiative investments for 2016. The Initiative was designed to drastically reduce recidivism and allow for successful prisoner re-entry into their communities.
"We are thankful to the Wilson Foundation for their support and for recognizing the necessity of bringing educational and training opportunities to an underserved population," said Philip Smith, vice chancellor of institutional advancement at BRCC.
Bevan encourages businesses to support returning citizens which he believes will positively impact the state's workforce.
"Welding is a high-wage, high-demand occupation in Louisiana, and we need more employers involved who will step up and commit to hiring returning citizens. We also need those who are already committed to attest to the strength returning citizens contribute to their business's stability and growth."