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43 Forum: Star Program helps ex-offenders turn around their lives

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My guests and I discussed the Cleveland Star Program (successful transitions-accelerated reentry. The federal star reentry targets high risk offenders who face special challenges as they get ready to reenter the Greater Cleveland community.

It's designed to help cut down on recidivism rates which currently stand at around 50-percent.

The Star Program is modeled after the drug courts which makes participation conditional on completion of several phases of the program. 

It requires them to look for and keep a job, attend drug and alcohol counseling, mental health counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy and obey the law. 

They have to also remain on supervised release for another six to eighteen months. 

All of this is to make it more possible for ex-offenders to come home, stay home and stay out of trouble. 

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