BIDDEFORD (NEWS CENTER Maine) -- Employers at a job fair in Biddeford Thursday were looking for very specific candidates: people recovering from substance use.
Gaps in resumes and criminal histories typically present barriers to employment.
Maine police estimate that between 80 and 90 percent of inmates in the state's jails are there for drug-related offenses. Police say without stable jobs, those released offenders cannot get stable housing. Then, those people tend to fall back into cycles of drug use and re-incarceration.