DA Early Supports Plan to Ask for $5 Million Towards Inmate Re-Entry Programs

by | Mar 21, 2018 | Crime | 0 comments

WORCESTER – Worcester County District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr., along with other DAs across Massachusetts, plans to ask the State Legislature for $5 million for re-entry programs for inmates who have completed their sentences.

“The money would help fund community-based residential re-entry programs,” Early said. “No one should leave their jail cell on Monday without services in place on Tuesday to help them safely adjust to life in the community; it’s a recipe for recidivism.”

The DAs unanimously support the Community Resources for Justice Plan to fund community-based residential re-entry programs.

In support of the need for re-entry services in a letter to the Legislature, the DAs said they have long supported “additional resources and financial commitment to post-conviction supervision and re-entry programs.”

The purpose of the re-entry programs is to reduce recidivism and give people the services needed to succeed outside of jail. The community-based programs provide a safe place to live, a job, case management and behavioral addiction treatment.

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Patrick Sargent is the founder and lead reporter for ThisWeekinWorcester.com. He was born and raised on Grafton Hill and is a graduate of Holy Name high school and Worcester State University. Previous to starting TWIW, he worked as a contributing reporter for the Worcester Sun. Before that, over the course of several years, he had stints with GoLocalWorcester, Worcester Magazine, the Leominster Champion and Fitchburg Pride. He can be contacted at [email protected]