BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) – Mayor Joe Ganim, Bridgeport-area businesses, non-profits and former NBA star Charles Smith joined together to discuss the Mayor’s Initiative on Reentry Affairs.
The Mayor’s Initiative on Reentry Affairs (MIRA) is a comprehensive program to connect ex-offenders with community resources and potential jobs.
“These individuals have paid their debt to society and deserve every opportunity to become contributing members of the community,” Mayor Ganim said.
Mayor Ganim launched his 2nd chance initiative in June with a group of local businesses who pledged to give people with a past conviction in their background a fair chance at employment.
Former NBA star Charles Smith, a native of Bridgeport, launched his own program, entitled “Rebounding for Life” to help formerly incarcerated men and women be ready to enter the labor force.