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Harley Blakeman Visits CCI

Harley Blakeman Visits CCI

After reading the book, “GRIT, How to get a Job and Build a Career with a Criminal Record”, Chillicothe Correctional Unit Manager, Shane Stevens, invited the author, Harley Blakeman, to speak to the men in the Reintegration Unit. Shane believed the book would be helpful in the program the men are currently participating, Journey to Employment. He explained to Mr. Blakeman the Reintegration Unit consists of mostly men within a year of release and are trying to get on the right track in becoming restored citizens.  Harley explained to the men during his visit that he lost his father, battled drug addiction and was sentenced to prison for dealing in drugs. But through all his pain and bad choices, Harley is now an Operations Manager for a large manufacturing company. Harley’s book explains to the reader how to overcome a criminal record in today’s job market. Shane hopes to be able to use the book in some of his programs. Mr. Blakeman’s story is one of strength and hope for all incarcerated men.  

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