They did the crime, and paid their time. But ex-offenders find returning to a normal life after prison isn't easy. "Everybody was shutting the doors because of my records; I just couldn't get anywhere." says ex-offender Theo Titus who served 6-months in prison in 2006.
Titus was able to find a job through the Newburg Justice re-investment pilot project in 2007. It's aimed at helping ex-offenders find jobs. Now the program is being replicated in the Shawnee neighborhood. "Working closely with the Kentucky Department of Corrections, the city was able to secure a federal grant that gives us the second chance act funding of 2-hundred thousand dollars," says Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson.
Prison officials believe the program will help reduce the recidivism rate. "Their target is a 50 percent reduction in recidivism rate over a five year period of time," says LaDonna Thompson with the Kentucky Department of Corrections.
An additional 50-thousand dollars will be used for a re-entry program within Louisville Metro Corrections.