Timothy Woodward has spent seven years in prison for assault, a devastating crime to which he pleaded guilty and for which he makes no excuses.
His release date is Sept. 6. Since June 12, he has been part of the State Department of Corrections work-release program living at Tacomas Progress House on Sixth Avenue, looking for the job hell need if he is to succeed at freedom.
Trouble is, the dismal job market has drained the work out of work release.
Woodward, 37, has experience as a flagger, in construction, food service and landscaping. He makes five job contacts a day, searches with WorkSource computers, rides the bus to commercial areas all over the county, scans businesses for now hiring signs.
Hes had no job offers.
The problem here isnt so much Timothy Woodwards unemployment. Its the threat to society posed by offenders who cant legally support themselves once their sentences end.
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