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First college & career fair held at Charleston Correctional Facility

CHARLESTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Teens and young adults serving time at Mountain View Development Center and Charleston Correctional Facility don't often get the chance to make it to many career or college fairs, which is why the fair came to them Tuesday morning.

Several Maine colleges and businesses visited inmates in the adult and juvenile facilities to discuss what possible options they might have after they are released. The event was the first of its kind where the two groups were brought together at the correctional facility and was organized by the group Jobs for Maine's Graduates (JMG).

"There are colleges that will admit them into programs and there are employers that will hire them," said JMG program manager Pat Gillis.

Employers like the Maine Department of Transportation (DOT) were on hand to answer any questions the inmates had. According to DOT personal assistant Margorie Cross, her department has never had any reports of incidents or issues with the inmates they've hired.

"I think they just need another chance and that's what we would all like to do is give someone a second chance," said Cross.

A second chance that several of the inmates appreciated. Around 45 teens and 25 adults attended, including 18-year-old Garrett Brown who hopes to go into welding after he is released.

"It actually showed me that people want to help me and you don't really think that in my position," said Brown about his appreciation for the career & college fair.