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Wolf, Shapiro Tout Program to Help Prisoners Re-Enter Society

State officials are launching the first statewide council to help former prison inmates navigate the challenges of finding housing, work and health care as they adjust to life outside bars. Gov. Wolf and Attorney General Josh Shapiro on Monday announced the creation of the Pennsylvania Reentry Council, which aims to stop the trend of inmates being freed from prison, committing new crimes and heading back to jail. About two-thirds of convicts nationally end up re-incarcerated at some point after being released, officials said.

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