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NGO helps former inmates find jobs

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Jakarta   /   Tue, March 10, 2020   /  07:20 pm
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Lilis Putri Ayu, a 33-year-old former inmate who now works as a barista, brews a drink for customers at a coffee shop, called Jeera Pascorner, which is located next to Cipinang Penitentiary in Jatinegara, East Jakarta, on Monday.(JP/Dzulfiqar Fathur Rahman)

Lilis Putri Ayu, a 33-year-old barista brewed a cup of coffee at the Jeera Pascorner coffee shop located next to Cipinang Penitentiary in Jatinegara, East Jakarta, for a customer, nothing extraordinary except that Jeera Pascorner is staffed by two former convicts. Lilis served a jail term at Pondok Bambu Women's Penitentiary in Duren Sawit, also in East Jakarta, until she was released in 2016. In May 2017, she joined a barista-training program run by the Jeera Foundation, which focuses on helping former inmates to develop skills and creativity and she started working at Jeera Pascorner five months later. "I joined the program because I always loved coffee," Lilis, who lives in Senen in Central Jakarta, said on Monday. "I got educational and social benefits from the foundation." Lilis is an example of more than 100 former inmates who have found jobs aft...