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      Missouri corrections agency awards re-entry contracts

      JEFFERSON CITY (AP) -- The Missouri Department of Corrections has awarded $3 million in contracts to groups that help former prisoners re-enter communities.

      The department says the contracts to 36 nonprofits will support efforts to help former inmates avoid reoffending and make the transition to the work force. Services include housing, employment, education, and treatment for substance abuse and mental health problems.

      The department says 97 percent of incarcerated offenders return to the community, and that partners are needed to ensure their success.

      The programs are funded by fees paid by former offenders supervised by the state Division of Probation and Parole.

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