US atty encourages businesses to hire ex-convicts

May 21, 2009 3:10:00 PM PDT
U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald is encouraging the business community to help reduce violence in Chicago by hiring ex-convicts. He told members of the City Club on Thursday that many people with criminal records want the chance to do something different with their lives.

"The people who just want to go back to a certain street corner sling crack, protect their turf, get into fights with other people have no interest in getting up at 9 a.m. and taking the bus across town to try to get training for a job. That's difficult to do. They may lose their street corner but the people who recognize that this life isn't for me will get up and want to do that," said Patrick Fitzgerald, U.S. attorney.

Ex-offenders can find job opportunities through the Project Safe Neighborhoods Program. It's a joint effort between law enforcement, government and business partners to help reduce crime.