Odds are good Pennsylvania prison inmates have been either incarcerated before or will be again after they're released.

About six in 10 inmates are re-arrested or re-incarcerated within three years of release, and more than half of those find themselves behind bars again within a year, according to the state Department of Corrections' 2013 Recidivism Report.

They might return to their old stomping grounds, the same crowds, the same temptations -- and as ex-convicts, their job prospects are even worse than before.

A slip is almost inevitable.

The Department of Corrections has been trying to thin the state's prison population, which has swelled by about 500 percent during the past 30 years or so, and one approach is to break the cycle of re-offenders.

Crispus Attucks in York City recently won a contract from the department to create the Re-Entry Project, a place to help county residents recently released from prison and at risk of returning.

If they do slip, their parole or probation officers will have the option to send them to the day reporting center, to be located at 506 S. George St, rather than back to jail.

There, they'll find services like job training, addiction recovery support, basic computer training, Internet access, resume building, classes on anger management and domestic violence and more.

The Re-Entry Project will be funded by the state through a per diem rate based on the number of clients enrolled.


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This will give the department some say in how it's run, something that was lacking in previous attempts to partner with private agencies on day-reporting centers.

Earlier this year, the department solicited ideas for similar partnerships, but with more oversight from the state. Crispus Attucks' proposal was one of several it decided to fund.

The Re-Entry Project is ready to go, and Crispus Attucks is just waiting for word from the Department of Corrections to open its doors.

These, we hope, won't be the revolving doors so many offenders have become accustomed to.