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     46-23-901. Legislative findings -- definition. (1) The legislature finds that:
     (a) an effective reentry program targeting inmates at greatest risk of recidivism would not only save the state money but would enhance public safety;
     (b) a successful reentry initiative requires planning and preparation, the support of multiple state agencies and community-based organizations, and targeted funding;
     (c) in-prison access to resources is an important component of reentry planning prior to release; and
     (d) studies have shown that offenders who participate in reentry and restorative justice programs that hold offenders accountable to victims and community volunteer panels are less likely to reoffend, more likely to find community acceptance and employment, and better able to pay restitution.
     (2) As used in this part, "restorative justice program" has the meaning provided in 2-15-2013(3)(c).

     History: En. Sec. 1, Ch. 176, L. 2013.

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