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Governor's Second Chance bill to be discussed at hearing

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

A second chance bill championed by the governor is up for a hearing before the General Assembly's Judiciary Committee Wednesday morning. 

Gov. Dannel Malloy's bill is aimed at giving ex-offenders a second chance in society.

During a recent tour of a non-profit organization that trains ex-offenders in horticulture, Malloy said he hopes to see more programs like it succeed. The Hartford Greenhouse has existed for many years.

"We call it second chance, but if it's the 27th chance and that one works then that's a life changed and money saved," Malloy said. 

During his tour, Malloy said he met with those cultivating and caring for a community garden. Many were ex-offenders like Angel Pena.

"It will help you grow," Pena said. "Just like the plants."

Pena said he had a tough time getting a job after employers learned of his past. He said he spent a year and a half in prison for illegal fighting.

"Once you go through what I went through , you don't want to go back to that," Pena said. "You grow wiser and you learn how to make better choices."

"We have a place where we can put them right into jobs as soon as they are trained, which is a wonderful thing. Hartford residents being trained in Hartford working in Hartford," said Ron Pritz, executive director of the Knox Foundation.

The bill goes before the committee at 10:30 a.m.

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