State Considers Cutting Re-Entry Program
From the blog ctnewsjunkie.com
Connecticut’s Governor Rell has proposed eliminating the successful “Stride” re-enty program aimed at saving the state $600,000 over the next two years in order to grapple with an $8 billion deficit. But ex-offenders, lawmakers and advocates are urging caution, noting that state legislature hearings on the criminal justice system revealed that re-entry programs, like the “Stride” program, actually save
the state money by reducing the recidivism rate of participants.
Specifically, one study estimated that without the program’s inception ten years ago, recidivism would have cost the state $9.5 million, rather than the actual 10-year recidivism cost of $1.73 million.
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