MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. -- The Indiana Department of Correction is investing in programs to help inmates reintegrate into society after their release from prison in an initiative that prisoners' rights groups say is unprecedented.
The state in recently years has had a 40 percent rate of recidivism within three years of release. At that rate, about 5,600 of the 14,000 inmates released last year by Indiana's prison system would return behind bars.
The Road to Re-Entry program announced in August by Correction Commission J. David Donahue tries to link offenders to community groups and state services that can help them get jobs and avoid lapsing back into criminal behavior.