State grant tries to reduce recidivism

A state grant will be used to create Jackson County Community Justice programs intended to drive down the incidence of felons returning to jail, county officials said.

The Justice Reinvestment Grant Program, established by the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission, will provide $844,536 for the programs. County officials said the money will allow local agencies to oversee evidence-based treatment and structured transitional leave programs for offenders.

The grant will be in place over a two-year period, July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2015.

The county's Board of Commissioners approved acceptance of the funds at Wednesday's public meeting.

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