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Ohio senators promote help for veterans, convicts

CINCINNATI (AP) — Ohio's Republican U.S. senator says helping released convicts find work and get other support can save taxpayers millions of dollars.

Republican Sen. Rob Portman of the Cincinnati area listened Thursday to community, charity and law enforcement officials in a roundtable discussion at the Freestore Foodbank, a pantry that offers food service job training.

He says helping released convicts' transition back into society can reduce high rates of repeat offenders, and cut the costs of crime and corrections.

Portman is pushing for congressional reauthorization of the Second Chance Act for that purpose.

Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Cleveland plans a Thursday afternoon news conference at a Cincinnati jobs center to discuss legislation to help military veterans use the skills and training they've acquired to fit into the civilian job market.

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