$600K Grant to Help Inmates, Fight recidivism

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Louisville Metro Corrections sees a number of familiar faces pass through its doors. Many of these inmates suffer from a combination of mental health issues and drug abuse that leads them to cycle through the courts and jail.

The Second Chance initiative launched this summer is aiming to break that cycle, pairing select inmates with individualized treatment and services meant to tackle underlying issues, smooth the transition back into the community and ultimately reduce future crime.

“We’re going to meet them literally at the jail door to make sure that as they walk out they’ve got a friendly face that they know to come to, that they have people that will help them with the kinds of things that you and I take for granted,” said Seven Counties Services CEO Tony Zipple.

The joint initiative launched in July with the city and Seven Counties Services, which plans to hire five full-time staff dedicated to working closely with participants even before they leave jail.

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