A new program at the Maricopa Reentry Center is giving former prisoners a second chance. It's an intensive treatment program, aimed at helping ex-prisoners that are dealing with addiction problems -- based off of a program here in Pima County. The program also is aimed at reducing prison populations across the state, by trying to get people to not re-offend.
The state is hoping to expand a program that would give parole violators a second chance. The Maricopa County Re-Entry center opened it's doors at a former Department of Corrections Juvenile facility last summer. Right now 32 offenders are calling the 100-bed facility home. Department of Corrections staff said the facility was under-utilized. There were several people on a wait list to get into the program. It was an alternative to prison for those who had violated parole. The goal is to hire six additional drug treatment counselors and increase the population. In addition to addiction counseling, the facility also provided a "time out" for parole violators who just needed a "wake up call," said Karen Hellman, the Division Director of Inmate Programs and Re-entry.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey is asking for a half-million dollars to expand a prisoner re-entry center, as offenders say the program is crucial to keeping them clean and on the right track. The budget boost's objective is to give people with broken beginnings 'a real second chance'.
December 23, 2016 will be a day long remembered by a few children in Agua Prieta, Mexico. These children have been doing without the things we as Americans take for granted. Things like a hamburger meal from Burger King, toys to play with, new clothes, among many others. These children are in the orphanage (Brazos De Amor) in Agua Prieta.