CONNELL, Wash. -- Coyote Ridge Corrections Center put on a resource fair for inmates who have ten years or less to serve. Almost 300 attended talking to more than 16 organizations who wanted to help them re-acclimate into regular life.
From the Union Gospel Mission giving them options on places to stay to the Walla Walla Community college offering Associate In Arts Degrees. Employers looking for workers were also present. "We employ about 525 people. We're just letting them know that some of the skills that they do learn here, can be utilized at our facility, " says Mary Bustos from McCain Foods in Othello.
"You're getting out without nothing. So you're basically want to learn what there is offered, says Daniel Simms, a 30 year old inmate who has spent 15 years behind bars.
I figure my release date is soon so I know its going to be a good opportunity to get good information on any kind of resources," says Michael Schlichting, who has two years to go.