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In Connecticut prison, it's the inmates leading counseling
by Michael Melia

The Associated Press    Translate This Article
4 July 2017

On 4 July 2017 The Associated Press reported: A peer counseling program established and operated by inmates inside a Connecticut prison is being credited with reducing recidivism and disciplinary infractions. The program, launched two years ago by seven inmates serving lengthy sentences, involves an eight-week curriculum and outside speakers. The U.S. attorney for Connecticut and several judges visited one day last week to learn how the inmates are coaching one another to accept responsibility, respect themselves and others, and ultimately prepare for life after prison. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the fields of health and government, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

The program has been credited with reducing recidivism and disciplinary infractions among its graduates. The leaders also have been working with at-risk youths outside the prison and have been cleared to volunteer at other state prisons to spread their message. A local businessman, Michael Gambino, is helping the group to develop job-related training.

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