Prison Alternative Teaches New Ways of Thinking

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The Day Reporting Center, operated by a for-profit contractor called GEO Reentry, is designed to keep non-violent criminals from returning to jail. CREDIT GEO REENTRY

Both U.S. Senators from Virginia have now signed onto a bill that would scale back punishments for certain drug offenders, giving  judges more  discretion in sentencing.  The measure could also reduce the number of people going back to jail by promoting community-based programs designed to change the way criminals think.  Sandy Hausman reports on one such program – the first of its kind in Virginia.  The Day Reporting Center in Richmond is located at the end of a long hallway in the city’s old public safety building.

 

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