Pilot program aims to fight Los Angeles County recidivism

Mar 11, 2015 5:51 PM by News Staff

California's attorney general has announced a pilot program in Los Angeles County that aims to keep ex-cons from committing new crimes.

Kamala D. Harris visited a jail on Wednesday to launch "Back on Track LA."

The initiative will try to reduce recidivism by offering job training, counseling and other measures to prepare inmates for life on the outside.

The pilot program involves 90 men who are doing county jail time for non-violent, non-serious and non-sexual crimes.

Behind bars, they'll have access to high school and college-level classes, behavior training, career training and classes in life skills. The program also will offer child support and family services, health services and even tattoo removal.

After their release, the program will offer help in finding housing, jobs and continuing education.

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