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Va. AG's Office to Assist Local Inmates' Re-entry

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia attorney general's office is creating a statewide coordinator to prepare local inmates for their return to society and help them find support services.

Attorney General Mark R. Herring also announced Monday the creation of a so-called re-entry portal to assist in that effort.

While the state has worked in recent years to assist the re-entry of state prison inmates, local correctional centers have had little guidance or resources to help the men and women held in their lockups.

The re-entry coordinator will identify and address service gaps and help coordinate communications between sheriffs' departments and government agencies. They include workforce development programs and mental health services.

Herring said re-entry programs have been proven to reduce recidivism and save taxpayers' dollars.

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