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Re-entry court will help young offenders avoid return to jail

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Posted: Jul 22, 2014 9:30 AM by Hunter Robinson
Updated: Jul 22, 2014 9:30 AM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: re-entry, court, young, offender, 19th, jdc, trudy white, 2une In

BATON ROUGE - The incarceration rate in Louisiana is higher than any other state in the country. Judge Trudy M. White has been approved to begin a re-entry court through the 19th JDC aimed at changing that statistic.

The re-entry court will look to solve the issue of young offenders returning to jail after their release.

"It is an opportunity for young, short-term offenders to go to Angola and learn one of many trades," Judge White explains.

The young prisoners will be taught trades like automotive repair, plumbing, drywall installation and more by lifers who will never get out of prison. After two years, participants will then undergo an intensive supervision by the court.

"The court is then responsible to help them find a job, transportation, housing and any self-help service they may need," Judge White says.

To be eligible for the program, inmates must be recommended by a judge in the 19th JDC. We'll know more about the re-entry court following a press conference on Thursday.

Watch the video for more information.

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