New program aims to keep criminals out of trouble

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Posted on July 2, 2013 at 6:07 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 2 at 6:21 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- They are some of the most violent criminals around and they are coming back into neighborhoods around Kentuckiana. 

Before they come back to society, police are using a new tactic to make sure they don’t offend again.

It’s called the G.O.A.L.S program and it stands for Getting Out and Living Successfully.  This program starts in prison and hopefully ends with a shift in criminals.

Prison sentences are not enough to stop some of the most hardened criminals from offending again.

Louisville Metro Police are going another route to prevent crime.

“That's just a free offering from the police department that has never been offered from a police department and all those involved said I have never had the police talk to me like that. You just lock us up. Well, we are not all about that. We can’t arrest our way out of anything any longer,” said Kit Steimle with Louisville Metro Police.

Kit Steimle is with the VIPER unit of LMPD.  It's the anti-violence task force that was formed after the May 17th shootings where a woman was killed just steps from police.

His unit tackles the most violent criminals in town.

Now they are going into prisons, just weeks before violent offenders are slated to get out, and work with offenders to be productive citizens and not commit more crimes.

“Most people think the polices job is just to put people away but we are there to help people and it builds a great partnership with the community as well,” said Steimle.

The program started three months ago and has worked with four offenders.  None have been arrested again and one has a full time job.

The likelihood of violent offenders repeating crimes upon release from prison is well over 40-percent in Kentucky.

Community activist Christopher 2X works with offenders back in society.  He says what police are doing is needed.

“There needs to be engagements from all parts of the community to deal with both sides of the issue. It can't be a one sided deal. So, if you have someone addressing the re-entry problem let's see how it works out,” said 2X.

 

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