New Pennsylvania program aims to keep ex-prisoners out of prison – NBC10 Philadelphia

State officials said Tuesday a new, intensive state program is aimed at helping former inmates break out of prison by giving them access to loans, education and drug and alcohol treatment programs. .

The court-supervised STRIVE program will serve former inmates in northeastern Pennsylvania by connecting them with a bank, a community college and a behavioral health care provider, the Department Corrections Pennsylvania said in the announcement of the pilot program, the first meeting last week.

“The period after incarceration can be difficult for people to re-enter, especially if they lack support,” Kelly Evans, deputy re-entry secretary at the Department of Corrections, said in a statement. written statement. “By helping put them on the path to success, STRIVE partners not only reduce the risk of recidivism, but also strengthen local communities.”

The program is modeled on an existing federal court initiative for inmates in central and northeastern Pennsylvania leaving the U.S. prison system. Similar private institutions participating in the federal CARES Program will participate in the new state program.

ESSA Bank & Trust, a Stroudsburg-based community bank, will offer money management classes and loans up to $15,000 to be used for housing, transportation or education. In addition, Northampton Community College will provide English language learners, adult basic education, GED and college-level classes, and Pyramid Healthcare Inc., behavioral health services.

Officials said the program is currently focused on the Lackawanna County area, but is likely to roll out statewide. New Pennsylvania program aims to keep ex-prisoners out of prison – NBC10 Philadelphia

Huynh Nguyen

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