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    :: Thursday, November 29, 2007 ::

    Ironworkers union develops apprenticeship program for prison inmates - by Kathy Robertson, Sacramento Business Journal
    The PIA will provide inmates with the basic tools needed for the first day on the job and pay their union dues for one year to help them financially during the transition.

    The program will be conducted at the PIA's facility on the outskirts of Folsom Prison, where inmates will learn about safety laws, basic construction requirements and welding techniques.

    The ironworkers training program is modeled after a successful and similar PIA program that has graduated about 120 inmates into carpentry apprenticeships in the past year at Folsom Prison.

    Preliminary data from that program indicates that 16 percent of the graduates have committed new crimes and been returned to prison, far below the 70 percent recidivism rate for the general prison population.
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