CENTER CITY (WPVI) --A new initiative is helping to transform blighted properties in Philadelphia, while providing jobs for former inmates.
Terrell Bagby Interim Director of RISE sees this as a win for all concerned.
"Second chances are vital to the criminal justice system. And what we have here today is contractors giving individuals a second chance at becoming productive citizens."
City council, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and Philly RISE have teamed up for the Landcare Re-Entry Initiative..
It helps private contractors and community organizations transform blighted, vacant lots while hiring and training former prison inmates.
Supporters call it one of the most innovative anti-recidivism programs in the nation.
Employers met with prospective applicants Wednesday to fill a variety of positions.