PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia city officials are again urging local businesses to hire ex-offenders so they don’t end up back in prison.

The occasion was the release of a new study touting the economic benefits of hiring ex-offenders.

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“It is much safer, it is much more cost effective, to have to figure out how to take on the challenge of those who have a previous criminal record,” said Mayor Michael Nutter (at lectern in photo).

Also making the case was the Philadelphia district attorney, Seth Williams (standing at right).

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“This study shows that there has to be a real partnership, that people have to give people a second chance,” Williams said.

The report was written by the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia.  It found, among other things, relatively low participation in “PREP,” a city program begun last year that gives firms tax credits for hiring ex-offenders.

Reported by KYW City Hall bureau chief Mike Dunn

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