- Associated Press - Friday, February 13, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - More than 9,400 former inmates in New York state have found work through a 3-year old program designed to help them successfully move back into their communities.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Friday the numbers show the state’s Work for Success initiative is helping to decrease unemployment and recidivism while reducing the cost of housing repeat offenders.

The program involves pairing ex-inmates with an employment counselor who works to place the individual in a private-sector job. Those considered to be at high risk of committing another crime are given extra help from a non-profit agency.

As part of the initiative, the Labor Department works with a list of thousands of businesses looking to hire. The state’s prison system offers training for food service, information technology and other industries.

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