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From incarceration to employment, new program helps women

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - A new program, called "The Second Chance Program," is aimed at putting incarcerated women back into society upon their release.

The program is based out of the Resource Center for Independent Living in Utica.

The program, funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, will offer employment services, counseling and job training to 300 women once they are released from jail.

Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol was joined by Oneida County Probation Department Director David Tomidy and Workforce Investment Board Executive Director Alice Savino to kick off the program on Tuesday.

"That re-entry from jail to the community, hopefully, will be seamless and will get them on a productive track instead of one that is going to weaken their already-weakening family ties and ties to the community," Sheriff Maciol said.

The Utica area was only one of nine in the nation to receive funding for the program.

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