Prisoner re-entry program held in Jersey City

A conference on opportunities for former inmates was held in Jersey City to share their stories of downfall and comeback. Among them was former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson.



The city runs a prisoner re-entry program to help ex-inmates from Jersey City get jobs and stay on the right path. Tyson, who served three years in prison on a rape conviction, spoke about his troubled youth and how his life of crime began.



"Because I was just so entrenched into the street world. I was just allured to that. That's what I wanted to be," said Tyson. "You saw instant gratification as far as respect was concerned in the street world. I didn't have much patience and that's what I wanted."



Jersey City officials say in just two years of the program, it has drastically cut the rate of repeat offenses by released inmates.?


sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 5 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login, create an account or subscribe to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."