Summit of Hope Program Working to Help Parolees

ROCKFORD (WIFR) – Police say repeat offenders are responsible for a lot of crimes here in the Stateline. That’s why a state agency is trying to step in before convicts are back on our streets.

More than 500 parolees are getting help through the Illinois Department of Corrections’ Summit of Hope program. It’s an expo that helps those who just got out of prison re-enter society. The men and women are able to access information about jobs, healthcare and driving under one roof.

"It's good because like I said before it's a lot of people here that can help you, that's willing to help people like me, ex-cons, ex-felons, ex-parolees that help better they self to be a positive person in the community now. And that's what I'm striving to be, a positive person in the community,” said parolee Frederick Brown.

The agency says fewer parolees have reoffended under the program and also say while it’s working, there is still a lot more that needs to be done.


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