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Report: New Housing Policies Could Keep Ex-Cons from Ending up Back in Prison, Save State Millions

Chicago Sun Times

By Manny Ramos

A report released Wednesday takes a look at how new housing policies can help formerly incarcerated people while also saving taxpayer dollars. The report by the Metropolitan Planning Council and the Illinois Justice Project, offers more than a dozen policy proposals that can help government officials reduce recidivism while saving the state more than $100 million annually. Nearly 40% of released inmates return to prison within three years; the report says one reason for that high recidivism rates is a lack of emphasis on all the challenges those people face when returning to the community.

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