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Grant could help give former inmates a second chance

A grant would allow for more than $600,000 in funding for LINC Inc. and help former prisoners find housing and jobs once they are out of jail. (Source: WECT) A grant would allow for more than $600,000 in funding for LINC Inc. and help former prisoners find housing and jobs once they are out of jail. (Source: WECT)
NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) -

LINC Inc. is working to give prisoners a second chance by helping former inmates get back into society and working again, but they need more funding a research.

That's where the Second Chance Grant comes in.

Officials will meet Monday to discuss the particulars, but New Hanover County applied for the grant on behalf of LINC Inc.

It's a partnership that officials say is necessary to fight crime.

The grant would allow for more than $600,000 in funding for LINC Inc. and help former prisoners find housing and jobs once they are out of jail.

"Empowering organizations like ours; it keeps us safe," Frankie Roberts, Executive Director of LINC, Inc., said. "It increases the tax base, then we can almost guarantee that a person will be at the bank on a Friday with a paycheck versus with a gun."

Officials say they will find out in July if they were awarded the grant.

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