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Jackson, Miss. – United States Attorney Mike Hurst announced today that the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi will host a Re-entry Services and Job Fair in Natchez under Project EJECT in order to provide vital services, information, and assistance to previously incarcerated individuals who are re-entering society.
The Re-entry Services Fair will be held on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Louis J. Gunning Community Safe Room, 323 Liberty Rd., in Natchez.
“In order to reduce violent crime, we must help offenders get back on their feet and become productive citizens. That is why reentry is an integral part of Project EJECT. We must do all that we can to empower these individuals with the tools they need to be law-abiding and successful citizens. I want to personally thank Sheriff Patton, Chief Armstrong, and all of our partners for coming together in order to help these individuals, as this will make our neighborhoods safer and more secure for everyone,” said U.S. Attorney Hurst.
“I am pleased to see that we are hosting re-entry services and job fairs in different parts of the state,” said Commissioner Pelicia E. Hall. “It is important that we help as many individuals as we can, because the more people we help, the more we help our communities and ultimately our state. I thank U.S. Attorney Hurst and all our other partners for such a great team effort.”
The goal of the fair is to help previously incarcerated individuals overcome obstacles often faced by those who are trying to re-enter society. Participating agencies will set up booths at the Fair to provide resources in a variety of areas such as assistance with obtaining personal identification documents, housing information, educational assistance, legal information, and guidance for seeking and obtaining employment.
Agencies participating in the Re-entry Services Fair include the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, Mississippi Department of Human Services, Mississippi Department of Corrections, U.S. Probation Office, Mississippi Community College Board, and the Governor’s Job Fair Network of Mississippi.
This event is part of Project EJECT, an initiative by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi under the U.S. Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN). EJECT is a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach to fighting and reducing violent crime through prosecution, prevention, reentry and awareness. EJECT stands for "Empower Justice Expel Crime Together." PSN is bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.