POINTE COUPEE PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Authorities in Pointe Coupee Parish are trying out a new program they hope will help break the cycle of repeat offenders in the state.
With the help of the Louisiana Workforce Commission, officials have launched a first of its kind program that brings re-entry services right to local detention centers.
With more than half of inmates releases in the state coming from local prisons with little to no re-entry programs, law enforcement officials say connecting them with job opportunities helps the inmates as well as the communities they will be re-joining.
"It's very important to try and connect those people with jobs and opportunity so that they can become productive citizens, re-enter society and become taxpayers," said Pointe Coupee Parish Sheriff Bud Torres.
Through the program, inmates are able to get their resumes online, find jobs in their areas and have access to market analysis that will help them find jobs that fit their skills.
The goal is to get the program perfected so it can launch in several areas across the state.