State Rep. LaShawn Ford Says Former Convicts Want To Help Calm Violence

CHICAGO (CBS0 — An Illinois lawmaker says there is a forgotten group of people who can calm violence if they are only given the opportunity.

State Rep. LaShawn Ford says former convicts want to help.

At a news conference Saturday morning he spoke on their behalf about what they are capable of and what they need.

“If they are given a chance, they can help clean up the streets,” he said. “And they are calling for calm in our cities, not just on this holiday but every day. And they’re asking for the state, the city, and the county to support their efforts to cut down on the violence and to make sure that people with backgrounds don’t recidivate because they can’t get a job.”

Former convicts say since they have left prison, they have married, gotten education and made better lives, but they can’t even find housing because of their past.

Region: Chicago,Local,City: Chicago

via Syndicated Local – CBS Chicago

July 3, 2021 at 06:30PM

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