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At Jessup-based manufacturer, ex-offenders are getting 'a second chance'

At Jessup-based manufacturer, ex-offenders are getting 'a second chance'

When Lugnest "Lucky" Roberts appeared before Howard County Circuit Court in August 2014, the 46-year-old said he was fortunate to be arrested on charges of possessing marijuana and a handgun. After struggling to find a job for seven months, his arrest in October 2013 "saved" him from falling into other dangers, he said.

The judge sentenced him to one year in jail for the marijuana charge after Roberts pleaded guilty. A warehouse job at Mobern, a Jessup-based lighting company, gave him a second chance. Roberts got the job through a work release program, ordered by the court that sentenced him, in November 2014 and has stayed there since his...

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