- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 2, 2015

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) - Illinois parolees and people on probation are getting a chance to apply for jobs, have a health screening and obtain a driver’s license.

The Illinois Department of Corrections is holding a “Summit of Hope” Wednesday at the Salvation Army in the Chicago suburb of Joliet.

The event is aimed at helping people recently released from jail or prison to lead a successful life, so they don’t return to a life of crime or end up back behind bars.

Corrections officials say more than 700 parolees have been invited to attend.

They say: “These men and women are working to become productive members of society and the services available to them at the Summit are often the difference between success and failure.”

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