Offenders re-entry program trying to ease transition

POINTE COUPEE PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Pointe Coupee's Re-entry program is entering the next phase of action.

Two groups of offenders have already completed an extensive re-entry and rehab program developed by the State Department of Corrections.

The next phase of the program is an advisory council that met for the first time Wednesday.

The council is comprised of various community leaders from businesses, nonprofit and education committees, and state and local government.

"What we're trying to do with our re-entry program is to develop and give the skill sets to the inmates who are going to be scheduled to get back into the public anyways so they can have the skills they need to be successful in life outside of prison," says Beauregard ‘Bud' Torres, Pointe Coupee Sheriff.

The council's biggest goal is to transform offenders from a tax burden to a taxpayer.

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