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Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Nonviolent ex-offenders now have a school designed to quickly train them for jobs at the JaxPort.

The school, called the Jacksonville Port Academy, was created by the nonprofit Operation New Hope, Florida State College at Jacksonville and JaxPort.

Monday on “First Coast Connect,” guest host Jessica Palombo was joined by Darnell Smith, incoming co-chair of the JAX Chamber, and Project New Hope President and CEO Kevin Gay. They talked about the Chamber’s Project Open Door. Cole Pepper talked about the Florida Gators’ winning the SEC Eastern Division and another frustrating loss by the Jaguars. And WJCT Music Director David Luckin and WJCT’s Karen Feagins stopped by with a preview of our holiday programming, starting with “Swamp Radio” on Thanksgiving morning at 9. 

     

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT

The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce is spearheading an effort to get employers to give people with arrest records a chance.

Representatives from dozens of large and small companies gathered on the steps of the Chamber building Tuesday in support of Project Open Door.

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Ryan Benk / WJCT News

Business leaders, advocates and politicos met in Jacksonville Wednesday to call for solutions to mass incarceration.

Two of Operation Reform’s attendees were Republican Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry and Democratic Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum.

The progressive and conservative mayors found themselves meeting in the middle.