- Associated Press - Monday, April 20, 2015

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A new Louisiana group aims to help soon-to-be-released inmates make a smooth transition back into society and find work.

The American Press (https://bit.ly/1EixpNd) reported Sunday the Southwest Louisiana Re-Entry Alliance will help local organizations connect inmates to programs that will help them find jobs and reintegrate into society. A spokesman says several government agencies and nonprofit groups are part of the alliance.

Lake Charles Mayor Randy Roach says the alliance’s first goal is to build a website to let former inmates know what services are available. The alliance will eventually offer training and education for nonviolent offenders both in and out of prison.

Roach tells the newspaper the goal of the alliance is to help inmates who want to get back on track change their lives for the better.

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Information from: American Press, https://www.americanpress.com

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