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New Center Addresses Recidivism By Connecting Former Offenders With Resources
By kbia.org- Zia Kelly
Published: 11/14/2019

Right now when former offenders are released from prison into Boone County, they’re sent to a parole officer stationed in a strip mall on Providence Road. But early next year, their first stop will look more like a community center than a government office.

The new Recovery Support and Reentry Opportunity Center on Burlington Street, called ‘the ROC’ for short, is still a big, vacant office space — but won’t stay that way for long. ROC director Dan Hannekan gestures to areas where couches, a TV, work spaces and a basketball hoop will be.

He said he wants the people who come through his center to feel welcome because often reentering the community after getting out of prison can often feel the opposite.

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