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Former inmates finish "second chance" program

Certified forklift operators and asbestos removal workers are among the graduates of a "second chance" program for former prison inmates in Buffalo and Rochester.

U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. said the 46 graduates make up about half of the individuals who recently completed job training programs aimed at securing them employment and keeping them out of prison.

"The return on our investment has been remarkable, as those who are able to find meaningful employment are far less likely to commit future crimes, thereby becoming a future burden on taxpayers," he said in a statement.

Kennedy, who made the announcement as part of Second Chance Month, said his office sponsored the program in an effort to do more than just prosecute people.

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