Are prisoner re-entry programs worth the effort?

PROVIDENCE, RI – US Attorney Peter Neronha is trying to raise awareness about the value of prisoner re-entry programs.

At a ceremony in Providence U-S attorney Peter Neronha, joined by several police chiefs, presented awards to the operators of prisoner re-entry programs. These programs are vital to the welfare of the newly freed inmate and the community, Neronha says.

"They help provide jobs," he says. "Ya know some of the work at "Open Doors" is teaching people how to use a computer, how to write a resume, how to interview for a job, how to dress for a job interview, how to attach a resume to an e-mail. Things that we all take for granted but many people who don't grow up with a computer they don't know those things."

Corrections director A-T Wall says on any given day one in 21 men walking the streets of Rhode Island is under the supervision of his department.

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