LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Seven Counties Services and Louisville Metro Corrections have partnered to create a program designed to give inmates a second chance after they're released from prison.
The Second Chance Re-entry Grant Program is a $600 thousand project that will serve inmates with serious mental illness and addiction. The program officially launched in July, and since then, three inmates have joined. Seven Counties said the program can take up to 80 inmates who are ready for their second chance.
Seven Counties counselors begin meeting with the inmates while they're still in jail, develop a relationship with them, and greet them once they're released. At that point, the counselors are there for the inmates to help them through finding a place to live and re-establish themselves in society.
“We know that without good supports as they exit the jail, it's likely that they're going to be back again, and there are people in this county, in Louisville, who have been to jail dozens and dozens of times over the last year or two. We want to try to put an end to that,” Tony Zipple, President and CEO of Seven Counties, said.
Seven Counties referenced research findings by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration that showed in 2015, 70 percent of offenders have substance abuse disorders and up to 34 percent of inmates have a history of mental illness.
Eligable inmates include those who have offenses like assault, burglary, criminal mischief and misdemeanor narcotics. Inmates with cases that involve the use of firearms, though, are excluded from the program.
To learn more about Seven Counties Services visit http://sevencounties.org/about/.