July 9, 2018

CT female anti-recidivism program begins

Connecticut has launched a prison program at its only women's prison aimed at breaking the reoffending cycle among young female lawbreakers, officials say.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and state Department of Correction (DOC) Commissioner Scott Semple said Monday the goal of the Women Overcoming Recidivism Through Hard work (W.O.R.T.H.) initiative at York Correctional Institution in the Niantic section of East Lyme is to prevent women ages 18 to 25 from beginning a life of crime and returning to prison.

W.O.R.T.H. targets eligible women who are nearing the end of their sentences with development programs modeled after the T.R.U.E. unit, launched in March 2017, at the Cheshire Correctional facility for men ages 18 to 25.

Both are part of the governor's "second chance'' initiative for the incarcerated and parolees.

"Public safety will ultimately be enhanced,'' Semple said in a statement, "as these young women return to their communities with the necessary skill sets to become better mothers, daughters, employees, and neighbors – in short, productive members of our community. The science behind the need for a young adult unit – whether male or female -- is essentially the same."

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