An effort to help more West Virginians enter the workforce following drug recovery or incarceration is underway.
Across the state, there are more job openings than people applying. Meanwhile, West Virginia continues to see high numbers of people suffering from drug addiction.
Jacob Green, superintendent of the West Virginia Department of Education’s Schools of Diversion and Transition (WVSDT), told MetroNews most of those individuals need help navigating their options.
“In the state of West Virginia, when they step out of prison, they have 851 potential barriers they have to get to simply because they have a criminal record,” Green said. “That could cause them issue with access to employment, housing, transportation, the list goes on.”