- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 20, 2015

DETROIT (AP) - Local, state and federal leaders will meet in Detroit with area employers about hiring former prisoners released from correctional facilities.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Detroit is hosting a roundtable breakfast Wednesday at Cobo Center.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy and Detroit Police Chief James Craig are among the speakers.

Statistics show that more than 13,000 people are released from Michigan prisons each year and that a third will become reoffenders. Joblessness is identified as their primary barrier to finding success after prison.

U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade says “it makes fiscal sense to invest in helping them find jobs” instead of watching some return to prison.

Gov. Rick Snyder said Monday in a speech about overhauling Michigan’s criminal justice system that prisoners need skills assessments and job training before release.

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