by Dick Hughes
A room at Broadway Commons was packed in October for the fifth annual “Giving People a Second Chance” Community Breakfast.
Business leaders, law enforcement officials, politicians and others gathered to support Marion County’s innovative project that helps felons successfully reintegrate into the community after serving their prison sentences.
County Commissioner Janet Carlson announced last week that the breakfast raised more than $11,000 for the client fund that helps participants in the Marion County Reentry Initiative.
Among the project’s successes: The recidivism rate in the county has fallen from 33 percent in 2006 to 21 percent this year. Only 3 percent of felons fail to show up for their initial Community Corrections appointment after being released from prison, down from 30 percent.
Donations still can be made. Mail checks to MCRI, P.O. Box 14500, Salem, OR 97309-5036.
— Dick Hughes