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St. Louis City, County and St. Charles Co. to help group that fights recidivism

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

A local group that makes a push to help offenders re-integrate into society and stay out of prison is receiving a funding boost from St. Louis and St. Charles Counties and St. Louis City.

The Concordance Academy of Leadership works with offenders to tackle substance abuse, jobs, education and life after prison. The program is 18-months long, starts in prison and end after someone is released.

“Ours will truly be an integrated holistic service that we believe will reduce recidivism. Our goal is we believe we will cut it (recidivism) by a third,” said Danny Luderman, CEO of Concordance.

Statistics show three out of four prisoners across the country are arrested within five years after being released.

"Half of parolees who do not have GED's return to crime and are incarcerated within two years. Homelessness among this group is far greater than the general population, " said St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger.

The program is designed to help offenders in St. Louis City, County and St. Charles County. Earlier in 2016, St. Charles County officials voted to put aside $300,000 over a three year period to help fund the academy.

St. Louis County will pitch in $900,000 and St. Louis City will contribute $750,000. 

Luderman said the current system has many short comings and does not prepare parolees for life after prison.

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