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'Second Chance' program designed to work with criminals battling addiction, mental health issues

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's called the Second Chance program, and it's a partnership between Seven Counties Services and Metro Corrections.

The program provides services to those who are arrested who are also battling mental health and drug issues. Research shows that most offenders have substance abuse problems and a third have a recent history of mental health issues. And they are often repeat offenders.

In the Second Chance program, Seven Counties will provide intensive outpatient treatment to 80 inmates immediately after an inmate has been released. 

"The Second Chance grant integrates the correction system with long-term community services, and it aims to provide people with a second chance at rehabilitation -- a chance to break the cycle of being on the street, being in the emergency room or the hospital, being in jail and starting it all over again," said Tony Zipple with Seven Counties Services."

Metro Corrections Director Mark Bolton says the program will help stop inmates from re-offending. 

"The success of this initiative will lessen the return of these offenders to jail, and thereby lessen the burden on taxpayers, and on Metro Corrections staff who have been charged with the difficult management of these offenders."

Second Chance is a two-year project funded by a $600,000 federal grant. We're told the program could also have an impact on violent street crimes. 

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