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Statewide grants help reduce crime

Albany, N.Y. The Monroe Pre-Trial Corporation/Pre-Trial Release Expansion Project is one of the twenty three programs across the state that will receive funding in order to help reduce crime and change offender behavior. Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement Friday.

Governor Cuomo says the grant, which totals $5 million, will be split among the different not-for-profits and county probation departments in order to help support alternatives to sending offenders to jail.

Reducing recidivism in communities across the state will not only create safer streets, but will also expand opportunity and improve the lives of all New Yorkers, Governor Cuomo said in a statement. Research has shown that half of felony offenders and three-quarters of misdemeanor offenders who are sentenced to jail will reenter the system within five years.

During his State of the State address, Governor Cuomo announced the creation of the Council on Community Re-Entry and Reintegration. The funding and the council will be used to help at-risk communities and offenders to prevent them from reentering the system.

The Monroe Pre-Trial Corporation/Pre-Trial Release Expansion Project is set to receive $298,523 of the $5 million in grant funding.

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Washington Times