ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Hundreds of people are reintroduced to our community every year after serving prison sentences only to find themselves struggling to live a normal life.
One group is making a new push to help make sure ex-offenders stay out of prison for good.
Lutheran Social Services of Illinois has been helping Winnebago County serve people re-entering society after serving prison sentences but now L.S.S.I. is expanding its services and setting up a permanent office in Rockford.
"Returning citizens is the name that we use," says Michael Davis who is the Assistant Director of Prisoner and Family Ministry of Lutheran Social Services. "We don't call them ex-offenders, incarcerated people, those people. These are human beings."
L.S.S.I. says they will offer intense case management services to returning citizens and help them through every step of making the transition back into society.