Colts, city team up to pair jobs with ex-offenders
Posted: July 21, 2008 10:46 AM EST
Updated: July 21, 2008 12:23 PM EST
Indianapolis - The Indianapolis Colts and the City are teaming up once again, this time to help ex-offenders get jobs and break the cycle of crime.
Colts Coach Tony Dungy will serve as the city's honorary chair for a new program to link offenders to jobs upon their release. Mayor Greg Ballard named a re-entry director and will sponsor a job fair at Ivy Tech next month.
The city plans to acquire at least $1 million in grants for the program. Ballard says it's simply the right thing to do.
"This is a major priority for the city. With 5,000 people coming out every year, and a recidivism rate of 74%, this is a major public safety issue," said Mayor Ballard.
"We're going to try to recruit the support of everyone to make our city better not only for these ex-offenders, but for all of us. So I'm delighted to be part of this, proud that the Colts are part of this," said Coach Dungy.
Dungy's community work has included participation in the Prison Crusade Ministry from his time as Tampa's coach. President Bush last year appointed him to the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation.
This story will be updated later today with more on the program and a former inmate working to help others get on the job track.