BOSCAWEN, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire jail is launching a new program designed to help inmates re-integrate into society more quickly.

Supporters of the new program at the Merrimack County Jail in Boscawen say the program could serve as a model to cut costs and to rehabilitate inmates. WMUR-TV reports the Edna McKenna Community Corrections Center allows qualifying inmates to live in a new building and undergo intensive drug, alcohol and mental health counseling focused on preparing them for life after incarceration.

Once released, they will continue with another year of services and counseling.

Superintendent Ross Cunningham says the program ultimately cuts costs by reducing recidivism rates.


Information from: WMUR-TV,