New program will employ parolees

November 22, 2008 7:33:45 PM PST
The East Palo Alto Police Department has announced a pilot project for the city's Parole Reentry Program that provides 90-day employment for parolees.

The work includes litter and debris removal; manual weed control; painting over or removing graffiti; trimming or removing unsightly, dead or overgrown vegetation; making firebreaks at fence lines where appropriate adjacent to a shoulder; planting restoration in landscaped areas; and minor storm damage repair activities, police said.

The temporary employment can count toward qualifying for permanent employment with the California Department of Transportation, police said.

To qualify, parolees must be participating in programs and services at the East Palo Alto Parole Reentry Program, be able to lift at least 50 pounds and pass pre-employment drug screening, police said.

Parolees can earn up to $10 an hour and will work 8-hour days, according to police.


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