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Community organizations help thousands of ex-convicts looking for work

A couple thousand other offenders packed into a room looking for help getting back to work. A couple thousand other offenders packed into a room looking for help getting back to work.

(WMC-TV) - Several local organizations helped ex-convicts find work Wednesday. There are thousands of offenders looking for a second chance to turn their lives around and get back in the workforce.

Tamikkia Harris was just released from prison and is just one person looking for a second chance.

"Two counts of attempted first degree murder, aggravated robbery, and attempted carjacking," said Harris explaining her charges. "It's really hard, because a lot of people don't hire felons. They don't want to hire you because of your background."

A couple thousand other offenders packed into a room at the Mid-South Fairgrounds  looking for help getting back to work.

"Here in Memphis-Shelby County we have over 10,900 who are on probation or parole with the state of Tennessee," said April Buckner with the Tennessee Department of Corrections.

The Tennessee Department of Corrections, Shelby County Sheriff's Office and about 60 community organizations helped violators with outstanding court fines, fees, and other obstacles that keep these people from finding work.

"It makes a difference with the employer, you're trying to better your life as far as your license and all that. It makes a big difference," said Dodrick Houston, who is looking for work .

At the resource fair, Harris found volunteer work in hopes of eventually getting full-time work. While all of the people are not convicted felons like Harris, she says they are all searching for the same thing.

"People change, and we are all qualified for a second chance," said Harris.

If you missed the event, there are still resources available through the Tennessee Department of Corrections here.

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