- Associated Press - Thursday, March 24, 2016

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) - Gov. Chris Christie and Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop are joining others in focusing attention on the challenges and successes of helping former prisoners re-enter society.

NJ.com reports (https://bit.ly/1UPb67P ) about 600 people gathered Thursday for Jersey City’s annual conference on prisoner re-entry. Civil-rights advocate, the Rev. Al Sharpton, was among them.

Fulop says the biggest challenge is what he calls the “knee-jerk reaction” from people who don’t want to live near places that help former inmates battle addiction or train for jobs.

The city’s prisoner re-entry program, led by former Gov. Jim McGreevey, is one of the mayor’s top initiatives. The program hit a roadblock last year when residents campaigned against the opening of a center at the site of a former church.

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Information from: NJ.com, https://www.nj.com

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