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Nonprofit helps prisoners re-enter society

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — While President Trump is in Las Vegas, he will highlight the work being done by the nonprofit that helps prisoners re-enter society. The ceremony will happen at Metro headquarters.

Douglas Marshal was in
prison for more than a year, that is where he found out about hope for
prisoners.

“There are certain barriers
and issues that people place that are placed upon us,” Marshal said. “It was
introduced as an opportunity to us to get reacclimated into society in terms of
job opportunities.”

The non-profit helps former
prisoners get back on their feet. 24 people graduated into the program Friday.

Paula Lawrence is a
volunteer mentor. She says from finding a place to live to finding a job, the
18-month program leads their clients in the right direction after leaving
prison.

“We have programs that we
partner with employers, metro police department and just the community at
large,” Lawrence said. “The type of awareness that a presidential visit will bring to the
program is important.”

On February 20, President Trump
will be making a stop at one of their graduations. Lawrence says the visit will
shine the national spotlight on the program and the need for it.

“Anytime there is an
opportunity to help this amazing group of men and women transition into a
successful life it is important, it should get national attention because it is
happening in every city,” Lawrence said.

The program started in 2010
and has so far helped more than 3000 people.

Marshal dreams of starting
his own construction business. He says the program has given him hope.

 “You always have to have a plan going
forward,” Marshal said.

28 people are set to
graduate into the program next Thursday when President Trump is here.

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