Maine Jails Try To Reduce Recidivism 

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The board that oversees the county jail system has voted to devote nearly half the money it gets from the state to programs designed to keep inmates from going back to jail.

The Maine State Board of Corrections last week voted unanimously to devote $5.6 million to programs that reduce recidivism.

Board Chairman Col. Mark Westrum says the money will be handed out through grants that jails will earn through competitive bids by implementing programs that have proven successful at reducing recidivism.

Westrum tells the Kennebec Journal,  it is hoped new programs will reduce the jail populations enough over the next three years to close a funding gap.