Combined 100 Voice Choir Presents 'My Heart Longs for Christmas' :: Sunday, December 14 & Monday, December 15 at 7pm :: click here for more info!

- published 8/21 (Larry) old link: http://www1.cfnc.org/applications/NC_Community_College/apply.html?application_id=1527

Click for Franklin, North Carolina Forecast

News Task force offers recommendations on reintegration of ex-offenders

The recommendations from the state task force on ex-offender reintegration represent a big step toward safer communities and second chances for North Carolinians, observers say.

For two years, the NC legislature’s Joint Select Committee on Ex-Offender Reintegration into Society has debated how best to address the problems of recidivism and the reintegration of ex-offenders into society.

The group has offered up a broad array of policy recommendations, focusing on two important areas: reducing barriers to employment and moving toward providing organized services with evidence-based standards.

“These recommendations will help ensure safe communities, save public dollars and change peoples’ lives,” said Bill Rowe, director of advocacy with the NC Justice Center.

Reducing barriers to employment can assist offenders with community integration and avoiding further criminal conduct. Law enforcement professionals, service providers, non-profit groups and advocates have all spoken about the importance of employment to ex-offender re-integration.

“Giving people second chances builds a safer North Carolina,” said Rowe. “Helping ex-offenders find productive More than 622,400 traffic, criminal citations issued during 2010 N.C. highway safety campaigns work isn’t just cost-effective, it’s in everyone’s best interests.”

Taken as a whole, improving access to services and preventing automatic denial of employment opportunities for former offenders would improve community safety.

If implemented, experts say, the committee’s recommendations could reduce costs to the taxpayer while allowing exoffenders to lead more productive lives.





Share


Weekly updates in progress!

Grab your FREE copy of the
Macon County News
& Shopping Guide
on newsstands today

The Macon County News
holiday deadlines for
classifieds, display ads
& editorial copy:

– Friday, Dec. 26 for the
Tuesday, Dec. 30 issue

Note: MCN will NOT publish the week of Christmas!

Macon County News is now on:
Find the Macon County News on Facebook! and Find the Macon County News on twitter!
Facebook   Twitter