NYC Department of Probation holds job, education program in the Bronx
THE BRONX - A program was held in the Bronx Monday aimed at getting convicted criminals on probation back on their feet.
Groups from community colleges, nonprofit organizations and vocational training programs gathered at the Bronx Probation Department along 161st Street to offer mini-interviews to those looking to improve their lives after incarceration.
Kevin McKinnon, of Soundview, has been on probation since Dec. 2012 and enrolled at Bronx Community College.
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"I am around more positive people and, more than likely, I will get to connect to people who are already in the field of what I'm trying to do with my life," McKinnon told News 12.
Vincent Schiraldi, commissioner of probation, says continuing education for those involved in the criminal justice system reduces re-arrest rates.
The gathering was made possible by the New York City Department of Probation and the Clinton Global Initiative, who put together YES – Youth to Education Success.