- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 25, 2015

CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island prison inmates have given a U.S. Senator something to think about.

The Providence Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1OrYUFG ) Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse talked with inmates at a sociology class Tuesday at Cranston’s Adult Correctional Institute.

The students had read some of the legislation proposed by Whitehouse that is aimed on reducing the number of repeat offenders. One inmate suggested that they receive assistance in signing up for medical insurance while in prison since many do not know how. Whitehouse called the idea interesting and said he had not considered it.

Whitehouse says re-entry programs aimed at helping inmates adjust after they are released from prisons need community support and are not likely to receive much government money until they are proven to work.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, https://www.providencejournal.com

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