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West Michigan company has success tapping into talent pool of ex-offenders

Courtesy of Cascade Engineering
The warehouse at Cascade Engineering in Grand Rapids, Mich.

For people who get out of prison, the chances of getting a job are often slim to none.

There are programs to help ex-offenders find work and transition back into society, but funding a company willing to hire former inmates proves a challenge.

Recently, though, some companies have been not just hiring, but recruiting ex-offenders.

Grand Rapids company Cascade Engineeringis among them.

We were joined today by the company's vice president, Kenyatta Brame, and Jahaun McKinley, an ex-offender and lean manager at Cascade who has been with the company for six years.

In our full interview above, Brame tells us why he thinks it's important to give ex-offenders more opportunities, and McKinley talks about his experience trying to find a job after leaving prison.

GUESTS Kenyatta Brame is vice president of Cascade Engineering, a Grand Rapids manufacturer. Jahaun McKinley was sent to prison at 18 years old and served 19 years behind bars. He is now a lean manager at Cascade Engineering and has worked for the company for six years.

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