Airport jewelry store giving ex-o≠enders a leg up
newark, n.j.» Shoppers perusing the jewelry at a pop-up store in Newark Liberty International Airport’s Terminal B can talk to a sales clerk who also made the baubles, but they might be surprised to learn the employee is wearing a different kind of bracelet — the kind that goes around your ankle and tracks your every move.
The store is part of a program for women recently released from jail or currently in the criminal justice system. They get job skills, some income and, perhaps most important, self-confidence.
It’s the product of a union between a reverend, a film producer and a former governor all committed to easing a transition that can be daunting at best.
“When you get out of prison, society doesn’t let you out of prison, in a way,” said Francine LeFrak, the film producer. “But if you’re managing a kiosk at Newark Airport and you’re in contact with other people, you’re feeling that dignity of, ‘I’m worth it and now I can talk to anybody.’ It’s about skill-building.”