- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

STORRS, Conn. (AP) - Prison officials have rededicated a building at a Hartford County correctional institution for a new program that prepares inmates to enter the workforce.

The building was rededicated at the Willard-Cybulski Correctional Institution Tuesday in line with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s Second Chance Society. The program allows inmates to learn how to fit into the workforce and prepare to find jobs while finishing their sentences.

The initiative is based on a program now underway in Ohio. Connecticut’s version will begin with 110 inmates participating in counseling sessions, job training and other classes.

Malloy says crime levels have been dropping in the state, along with its number of repeat offenders. But he says better preparing inmates to live outside prison walls makes sense for everyone concerned.

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