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Re-entry programs for felons few in Mississippi

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - U.S. District Court Judge Keith Starrett says re-entry courts can make communities safer and save money on incarceration by helping former inmates stay out of prison.

The Hattiesburg American reports that there are few such program in Mississippi.

Much like drug courts, re-entry courts ease the transition from prison to freedom. They're supervised by judges. Participants must meet certain requirements, with incentives for good performance and penalties for poor performance.

One state re-entry courts is in the 14th Circuit of Pike, Lincoln and Walthall counties. It's run by Circuit Judge Michael Taylor.

Starrett started Mississippi's first felony drug court 1999, when he was a state judge in the 14th Circuit. Now, 17 of 22 circuit courts have such programs.

Information from: The Hattiesburg American.

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