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Mid-State program gives convicted felons a second chance

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A career center in Cannon County is giving convicted felons a second chance to become productive citizens, at the same time helping to stop the revolving door of getting out of jail only to be locked right back up.

Julie Davenport is not too proud of some of the things she has done in the past that landed her in jail.

"I violated my probation for theft of property," Davenport said.

The 23-year-old had enough, and once she was released from the Cannon County Jail she turned to Marilyn Bloodworth and the Second Chance Resource Center in Woodbury. One week later she had a job.

"I have a really good job now, and I make really good money to better myself and my children," Davenport said.

Bloodworth opened the center the day after Labor Day and held a job fair soon after with staffing agencies who she said are ‘felon friendly.' They are willing to take on chance on hiring convicted felons who want to change their lives.

"We only deal with those who are serious and sorry about making a mistake," Bloodworth said. "We all make mistakes."

Bloodworth said often times it's like a revolving door; felons get released from jail and end being locked up again because no one was willing to hire them.

"Many felons have families, and they deserve second chances, and they have to support their families too," Bloodworth said.

The career center doesn't just help non-violent convicted felons get jobs, but anyone who willing to work.

We do interview skills; resume writing, dress for success, and assists clients with the GED," Bloodworth said.

Second Chance currently has an office inside the Cannon County Election Commission Building, but the program is so successful, it is already in need of more space.

The program is giving folks like Davenport a second chance, one job at a time.

"If it wasn't for her (Bloodworth) I would probably be still looking for a job," Davenport said.

Second Chance is expected to hold another job fair soon, in the meantime if you need more information about the resource center, just search Second Chance Resource Center on Facebook.

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