ex-offender

Ray Hollister / WJCT News

The Jacksonville City Council approved a bill Tuesday that encourages city contractors to consider hiring felons.

The bill, 2017-35, sponsored by councilman Garrett Dennis requires businesses contracting with the city for at least $200,000 complete an extra step toward considering  ex-offenders to fill job openings.


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.

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT News

Jacksonville City Councilman Garrett Dennis is rethinking his bill aimed at getting ex-offenders jobs, which has received pushback from contractors over some of the bill’s original requirements.

Dennis rolled out some possible amendments Tuesday morning at a special meeting about the bill.


Ray Hollister / WJCT News

Jacksonville City Councilman Garrett Dennis is dialing back his bill aimed at getting more city contractors to hire ex-offenders.

He’s said he’s received pushback from construction contractors.


Ray Hollister / WJCT News

A  Jacksonville city councilman wants city contractors to try harder to hire ex-criminal offenders.

Councilman Garrett Dennis’s bill would impose more rules on the companies.