Machain on Friday spoke of one such person who faced many hardships that led him to smuggle drugs for money before getting caught and doing time in prison.
Two years after the ex-offender, whom Machain did not name, completed an apprenticeship program with the Imperial-based International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 569, the former offender is not only a foreman but Machain’s “right-hand man,” he said.
“He’s one of my instructors,” Machain said.
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Machain was one of a number of employers who showed up at the federal courthouse on Adams Avenue in El Centro, where U.S. Probation Department representatives spoke of giving low-risk and non-violent federal offenders a second chance through a subsidized on-the-job training program.
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