Caltrans and the city of Los Angeles will spend $8.93 million on a program to provide on-the-job training to 1,350 people who were formerly incarcerated, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Friday.
Under an agreement between the state transportation agency and Garcetti’s Office of Reentry, people on probation or parole will be offered temporary jobs on Caltrans work crews and receive job, financial and life training. Once the program is completed, the participants will have the opportunity to take on permanent positions.
Garcetti said the jobs will give “second chances” to people being released from jail and prison, so that they could “earn an honest living and redefine themselves through integrity and hard work.”
“My administration is committed to making those opportunities possible, and we are grateful to have a committed partner in Caltrans,” he said.
—City News Service