LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV)- The City of Little Rock is working to reduce crime.
This weekend it will host a workshop, specifically for ex-cons.
Jimmy McGill was addicted to drugs for 22 years. The last time he went to jail was Dec. 5, 2015. Since then, he's been clean but his road to recovery hasn't been easy.
“I filled out applications everywhere - online and in person - and I dressed up really nice but I couldn't even get a job through temporary services,” he said.
McGill says being an ex-con made it hard to get back on his feet and believes that's why so many find themselves falling back into familiar habits.
“We're going to commit crimes, we're going to sell drugs, because it's all we know,” he said.
McGill said he stayed strong and got into a re-entry program.
“Today I have a career, I work with numerous people from the Arkansas Drug Director's office to re-entry programs to colleges. I speak publicly at places about re-entry and recovery and the reality of addiction,” he said.
People like McGill are the reason the city of Little Rock wants to help those with criminal backgrounds
Erika Beneicto, diversity program manager for the City of Little Rock said on Saturday, Jan. 13 the city is holding a Rights After Wrong workshop.
“First of all they need hope and they need a way to make a living for themselves and that they can start new and that's why this event is so important,” she said.
At the event people can get help with: criminal record sealing, employment services, leniency traffic court, legal consultations and health screenings.
There has been a location change! We are no longer at Arkansas Baptist College. We will be at the Arkansas Workforce Center, 5401 S. University Ave.Posted by Rights After Wrongs on Friday, January 5, 2018
“We need people employed and we need people who understand their community and their citizens want to restore them back into the fold and that they’re not marginalized and they can change their behavior and we want to support people in that process,” she said.
The event is Saturday, Jan. 13, at the Arkansas Workforce center from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and it is open to the public.
Also, McGill has a Facebook support page for anyone that is struggling with getting back on their feet after being in the prison system.