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Gov. Patrick to Unveil Crime Relapse Prevention Initiative

ArrestBOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick plans to unveil what he’s calling a major program aimed at reducing recidivism among high-risk young men.

Patrick says the proposal is designed to reduce crime, save taxpayers money, and improve outcomes for hundreds of young men leaving the juvenile justice system or who’re in the probation system.

Patrick plans to detail the initiative Wednesday at an event in Chelsea.

He says the state isn’t doing enough to help keep young men from returning to prison.

About 64 percent of young male ex-offenders in Massachusetts re-offend within five years, and only 35 percent find work within a year of being released.

Patrick says the administration is trying to improve the situation with the help of nonprofit expertise, private sector funding and ongoing evaluation of existing state programs.

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  • TheScottishWeasel

    A big waste of time and money, and it will likely have no effect on anything but the taxpayers wallets. Just another program created so people who did him favors in the past, get rewarded in the future with fat salaried jobs.

  • weasel

    Maybe he should do a profile on them and see who doesn’t have a Daddy. Let me guess. What a sorry leader this fool is and the people that elected him.