Giving House of Correction inmates new opportunities

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“Pomp and Circumstance” didn’t play.

Students tossed no tasseled caps, wore no flowing robes.

No proud parents looked on.

But for 15 inmates at the Milwaukee County House of Correction, it was graduation day, just the same.

“This class has made me wiser, smarter. It’s helped me get a different aspect on life and changing my life,” said Kentray Jones, 18, who had just received a certificate for completing a job-readiness course called Preparation for Success.

Jones and the others who graduated on a recent Friday — a total of 10 men and five women — are among hundreds of offenders who have new opportunities for education and employment thanks to a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. Milwaukee County was among just 10 recipients nationwide to get the grant, which it is using to operate an American Job Center inside the House of Correction in Franklin.

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