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Conference helps people returning to society after incarceration

'Flip the Script: Rebranding After Incarceration' is a two-day conference dedicated to helping those having difficulty finding employment due to a criminal record.

For those reentering society following incarceration, finding a job might be difficult. Having a criminal background often leads to complications and sometimes results in unemployment.

Jamasee Simms, owner of J. Simms Events and Marketing, is holding a two-day conference with the goal of combating unemployment following incarceration. 

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The conference "Flip the Script: Rebranding After Incarceration" is dedicated to helping individuals having difficulty finding employment due to having a criminal record.

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Alexander Campbell and Kurt Stan were both incarcerated, and are attending the conference.

Participants will learn how to use public relation tools to transform their lives. The conference includes resume building, dress etiquette, rebranding, mock interviews and more.

The conference will be at  Perfect Office Solutions, located at 6811 Kenilworth Ave Suite #500 in Riverdale, MD 20737. It starts at 9a.m. on Oct. 25 and wraps up Oct.26. Following the conference, there will be a job fair of employers willing to hire people with prior criminal records. Click here for more information.

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According to the conference's website and the Council for Court Excellence, nearly 50 percent of D.C. residents with criminal records are jobless. 

"This makes it more likely they will end up back in jail or prison," the website said. "We want to help to break the cycle."

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