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Community organizations, West Virginia lawmakers work to offer resources to released inmates

By KELSIE LeROSE

The Journal

MARTINSBURG, W.Va.  — Officials across West Virginia are working to create and maintain resources to assist individuals in becoming reintegrated into society after being released from incarceration.

Sen. John Unger, D-Berkeley, and president of the nonprofit group Greater Recovery and Community Empowerment, or GRaCE, said it is important that these individuals are provided with resources to properly reintegrate and stay out of trouble with the law.

House Bill 2083, which was recently introduced in the West Virginia Senate after unanimously passing the House, aims to reduce recidivism rates for West Virginia’s released inmates by providing certain individuals with identification cards upon their release from the Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation. According to officials, the identification cards would provide released inmates with an important tool for their reintegration into society.

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