Ex-cons in the St. Louis area are getting a new lease on life thanks to grants from the federal government. The U.S. Department of Labor handed out a $1.4 million dollar grant to the Fathers' Support Center, which helps returning offenders reintegrate into society. The FSC works in partnership with the St. Louis Agency of Employment Training.
200 participants will take part in the program. Frederick Pearson is a recent graduate. He did 11 months in prison for stealing cars.
"I want to get a career instead of one of those dead-end jobs," Pearson said. "Being a part of this program is awesome."
According to Mayor Slay, ex-offenders who are enrolled in rehabilitation programs are 4 times more likely to stay out of trouble.