Sunday, August 31 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:28:29 GMT
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online.More >>
Disturbing pictures of an injured kindergartner from Pascagoula have made a mother's call for action go viral online. Friends and family of a Pascagoula kindergarten student have created a Facebook page and GoFundMe.com account claiming the girl was attacked on the playground this week by another student.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 4:52 PM EDT2014-09-01 20:52:33 GMT
The Mississippi Highway Patrol has issued an Amber Alert for 17-year-old Katelyn Beard. She was abducted Saturday morning from between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. from 4244 Lynda Street in Jackson. BeardMore >>
Her Nissan Altima was discovered behind a vacant building. We are told that officers are searching the area now.
Tuesday, August 19 2014 4:53 PM EDT2014-08-19 20:53:02 GMT
A cross was burned in the yard of a Smith County man after what his family is referring to as a vicious hate crime occurred. Family members say that Craig Wilson was beaten with brass knuckles and shotMore >>
A burning cross, a Smith county man beaten and shot by a family member, and in critical condition. We are told this is much more than a family feud, and outraged family members are calling it a "hate crime."
On Tuesday, the Lucas County commissioners are expected
to join the ‘ban the box' movement, aimed at increasing job opportunities for people
with a criminal record and improving fair hiring practices.
The movement involves eliminating the practice of screening
job applications by asking applicants to check a box if they've been convicted
of a felony or misdemeanor.
"We don't think at the very first blush as your
application comes in that needs to be a qualifying box to be checked," said
Commissioner Pete Gerken.
Rev. Donald Perryman says that will go a long way toward
removing barriers for people with a criminal record to get a job and get back
on their feet.
"By delaying that background check to the latter parts of
the hiring process, we don't just throw applications away at the outset,"
Gerken says the county will continue to conduct
background checks, but he believes it will improve local government hiring
"We want to look at your resume, your education, your
life experience, and then as we go farther down the process, if that criminal
record is an issue for the kind of job we're going to hire for, then we'll talk
about it with the applicant," he said.
Those who are working to improve second-chance hiring
point to studies which show a person is three times less likely to return to
prison if they have a job. Toledo Mayor Mike Bell and Goodwill Industries held
a forum on Monday to highlight efforts to find work for people with criminal
records, and are encouraged by Lucas County's three-year recidivism rate
dropping from 33.8 percent to 23.4 percent from 2005-2009.