Dallas Will Be Site for Koch-funded, Trump-backed Study on Prison Re-entry

AUSTIN — Backed by the White House and boosted by $4 million from the Charles Koch Foundation, Dallas will soon test a new way to introduce former inmates back into society."Safe Streets and Second Chances," a randomized prison re-entry pilot program, will measure how to reduce recidivism and lower costs by providing former offenders with individually tailored services to help keep them from falling back into a life of crime.The study will roll out April 16 and last 15 months. About 1,100 former inmates exiting 40 prisons across four states, including Florida, Louisiana and Texas, will be enrolled. In addition to Dallas, the program will also be tested in Hood and Hunt counties.Some of the nation’s top conservative policymakers — including President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and Kansas-based billionaire industrialist brothers Charles and David Koch — have backed the project, which builds on a decade of growing bipartisan support for improving America’s criminal justice system.  Continue reading...

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