Delaware will launch a prisoner reentry program next month aimed at reducing the number of former prisoners who commit new crimes and end up back in prison, according to Stateline.org.
The three-year pilot program, created with a $2 million federal grant, could potentially save the state millions of dollars a year and reduce crime by helping ex-convicts receive the services they need to successfully re-enter society, state officials said.
The program will allow a small number of ex-convicts to work with one person instead of multiple agencies to receive services like housing, health care, job and skills training and substance abuse counseling. State officials say they hope the pilot program will help them devise and expand more effective prisoner reentry programs that will reduce crime and save money.
Reducing recidivism has become a priority for states. Nearly two-thirds of the 630,000 state prison inmates released each year are re-arrested for a new crime within three years, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.