A Texas example for the rest of the country to follow.
That’s just what Senator John Cornyn sees at the San Antonio Food Bank, which has taken advantage of the Texas Second Chance program in helping to round out it’s workforce.
“It doesn’t help to show you have a heart and help those who will take a helping hand and begin to turn their lives around” Cornyn said of the program used to help teach inmates job skills before they’re released from prison.
“Most of them (inmates) are going to get out. The question is are they going to learn skills… are they going to learn the self-discipline to turn their lives around… or, are they going to just end up in that turnstile of the criminal justice system?” Cornyn asked.
The Senate’s Number Two Republican is leading a push in Washington to create a nationwide program for inmates based on the one that has worked in Texas.
“We need to make sure we have a skilled workforce. We need to make sure they can be part of the community” Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran told KTSA News, adding “Something like this is giving them basic skills and opportunities.”