Radical New Program Finds Men Most Likely To Be Shot — And Hires Them

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For 18 months, extremely high-risk people are given transitional jobs, cognitive behavioral therapy and legal and social services to help them pave a different future.



Theo Watson. [Nissa Rhee / Block Club Chicago]

Watson is taking his lunch break in the cafeteria at the Freedman Seating factory. Still sweating from his work at the welding station, he’s been building chairs for ferries and trains as part of the READI program — the program he credits with saving his life.

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