Re-entry alternatives in Connecticut

The Housing Authority of New Haven has a new plan for those returning from jail or prison, the New Haven Independent reports. It’s called Connecticut Fresh Start and it’s a proposal for a pilot program meant to help former inmates with “housing, tuition to finish a degree started in prison, a cost-of-living stipend and additional support services” all with the goal of keeping them out of jail or prison again.

From the Independent report, the idea is to:

Choose a small cohort of people—just four families with at least one formerly incarcerated member—to test the hypothesis. The formerly incarcerated family member must already have demonstrated a commitment to finishing a degree by having taken courses while in prison.

Provide this person and his family housing. Cover that person’s tuition at an approved Connecticut college or university, provide the family a $20,000 to $30,000 stipend, depending on the family size, so the person can focus on their studies. Give them access to the wrap-around services that every housing authority resident has access to, including academic help for any children in the family and other support services. Then give the formerly incarcerated person, who has to stay trouble free and maintain a 3.0 GPA, three years to complete a four-year degree.

Let’s keep ideas like this one coming.

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