BROCKTON — Some people seeking jobs in the Brockton area will be dressed to impress due to a recent donation by the Plymouth County district attorney’s office to a city organization.
Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz and his office’s employees, “in an ongoing effort to address the needs of individuals reentering the workforce,” collected suits and other dress clothes to donate to PACC, a community group that stands for People Affecting Community Change.
PACC has worked since 2018 to connect people with job training, job placement, professional development and housing. The organization says it has assisted nearly 1,000 people in the Greater Brockton region with these tasks.
“In Plymouth County, we remain committed to a holistic approach to reducing crime — prevention, smart enforcement, and supporting reentry efforts,” Cruz said in a statement. “Employment is a crucial protective factor, particularly for those returning after being justice involved. The donations of these suits are a small gesture, but they could be the difference maker. With employment comes a sense of self-worth, purpose and community.”
Cruz said studies show significant reductions in recidivism rates for people who are employed.
“PACC is swiftly gaining a reputation as the go-to provider of tangible resources to assist the socially disadvantaged in reconnecting with their community,” PACC Executive Director Jamal Gooding said. “In our goal to place these individuals in career-based jobs with living wages, we need the community’s help with professional attire, bus passes and gas cards.”
Gooding said his organization, in addition to donations of professional attire for men and women, is seeking bus passes and gas cards. To donate items, call 508-521-9079 to receive a pickup time.
Cruz said PACC is an active partner with Safe Streets — a coordinated effort funded by Cruz’s office to reduce gun violence through prevention enforcement and reentry.
“We recognize the broader duty to not only prosecute crime, but use our resources and partnerships to prevent it,” Cruz said. “At the end of the day, our job is to protect the community, and the best way to protect it is to ensure the healthy development of the next generation.”
Cruz credits Safe Streets partnerships between the community and law enforcement to leading to a decrease in violent crime in Brockton, particularly gun violence, while also decreasing the prison population.
In the last 10 years in Plymouth County, firearms-related crime has decreased by 36 percent, armed robberies with a gun have decreased by 71 percent and homicides have decreased from a high of 13 in 2014 to a low of three last year, Cruz said. The Plymouth County Correctional Facility has seen a 65 percent decrease in its population, he said.
“We attribute this success to supporting evidence-based prevention practices, particularly around Adverse Childhood Experiences and trauma sensitivity, using law enforcement resources to hold the right individuals accountable, and engaging in community-building with agencies like PACC who are working to reduce recidivism,” Cruz said.
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