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Program sets Arkansas inmates on new path; Christianity-based effort aims to reduce recidivism

By Eric Besson

This article was published March 19, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

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Donny Kelly leads a group of inmates from the Pathway to Freedom rehabilitation program in a prayer at the end of a discussion Friday at the Arkansas Department of Correction’s Hawkins Unit on its Wrightsville campus.

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Kenneth Janski, after spending about 15 of the past 17 years in Arkansas prisons, said he volunteered to extend his current sentence.

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information19 says... March 19, 2017 at 8:29 a.m.

People who graduate from the program have been shown to be less likely to return to prison, Department of Correction spokesman Solomon Graves said.

Former inmates who continue to drink & do drugs most likely return to prison if they don't die first.

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RBBrittain says... March 19, 2017 at 11:56 p.m.

Is this the same program that was in place at the women's McPherson Unit until they found out its leader was sleeping with inmates in the program? That was also "Christianity-based"...

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DerbiRider says... March 20, 2017 at 3:18 a.m.

There is understanding of laundry staff openings at Ecclesia College in Springdale for these spirit filled parolees.

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BOLTAR says... March 20, 2017 at 6 a.m.

Considering the atrocities regularly committed by self-proclaimed agents of gods, I don't see the positive connection between morality and religion. Imaginary beings don't tell us what is right or wrong. A dog shows shame when caught thieving, but my pups are not particularly pious.

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