Re-Entry House to Help Parolees
Everybody deserves a second chance, a new start, an opportunity to begin a new life, right? Well leaders down in Bradford county think so.
March 15, 2013
Towanda (WENY) - Everybody deserves a second chance, a new start, an opportunity to begin a new life, right? Well leaders down in Bradford county think so. A new prisoners' Re-entry house will open in Towanda in a few weeks, for non-violent offenders.
It's important to say that this is not a halfway house. The parolees moving in are eligible to be released from jail, they just need a home to go to. Re-entry home is within walking distance to downtown Towanda. The program will help get low level, non-violent offenders who are eligible for parole out of jail.
These people will also receive counseling and jobs. The goal is to move people through the correctional system faster because Bradford county jails are overcrowded. It costs tax payers more than $50 a day to keep someone in jail. Parolees are expected to get their affairs in order within four months, then they're on their own. Human Services Director Bill Blevin has been working for two years to get a house like this up and running.
“If we can get eight people at a time out of there, run them through and get them out in the community again, it's a lot cheaper there then sitting in jail,” says Blevin.
The house will be ready for its first residents at the beginning of May.