|State Plans To Begin Paying For Website Helping Ex-Inmates|
|By ualrpublicradio.org- Chris Hickey|
Arkansas Community Correction officials plan to continue operating an online portal that assists ex-convicts in their transition back to society. On Wednesday the state Board of Corrections approved a $50,000 contract for maintenance and upgrades to the Good Grid, a social media-like website. It allows former inmates to upload and build resumes and set up profiles accessible to prospective employers.
Non-profits and charities assisting the formerly incarcerated also set up accounts on the site to list their resources. Kevin Murphy, the chief deputy director of the Department of Community Correction, says the service has been a way to connect various entities trying to solve issues relating to life after incarceration.
“This is a community issue. It’s a community problem,” says Murphy. “The state can’t be the solution. We’ve got to get communities involved. And there’s other efforts going on, kind of on the parameters of the Good Grid, where we’re trying to pull the communities together and then the Good Grid [can] be one of the components of that community coalition.”
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