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“It’s a titanic problem,” said Brian Hamilton, founder of Inmates to Entrepreneurs, which helps formerly incarcerated individuals launch their own businesses through mentorship, networking and online resources. “Just having a criminal charge on your record for shoplifting is hurting someone’s chances of trying to get a job, let alone a drug charge or a violent charge.”
1. They’re teaching former inmates how to start their own businesses.
2. They’re giving former inmates jobs.
3. They’re giving former inmates a chance.
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Students in Brian Hamilton’s entrepreneurship class face a bigger challenge than a lack of funding: They are serving time in prison for crimes such as robbery and drug dealing.
It’s a tough time to find a job. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that only one in four of this year’s graduates had a job waiting for them. So you don’t need a college degree to understand how much harder it must be for people getting out of prison.
Brian Hamilton’s crash course on starting and running your own business is designed for prison inmates but could benefit anyone with entrepreneurial ambitions but no experience.