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Missoula, State Agencies Discuss Prisoner Re-entry

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MISSOULA - Missoula and state organizations meet to discuss ways to reduce the number of people returning to prison.

Executive Director of the Missoula Interfaith Collaborative Casey Dunning said too many Montanans who are released from prison are once again incarcerated.

Dunning said many people who return to prison aren't committing another crime, but end up back in prison for violating probation and parole requirements.

He said he hopes members of the public who attend the meeting can learn who they can help reduce the number of people who retur returnison.

"There's a lack of access to jobs, a lack of access to housing, a lack of access to supportive relationships, just folks who can work alongside people," Dunning said.

Dunning said Director of the Department of Corrections, Mike Batista and other stakeholders will meet at St. Paul Lutheran Church at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday to discuss the problem.

The meeting is open to the public.
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