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Arizona prisoners to access program for rehabilitation, reducing recidivism

PHOENIX — Arizona prisoners will soon have access to a new program that is designed to help them succeed and reduce recidivism once they are released.

The Streets Don’t Love You Back is a “prevention and intervention” six-week program, said Lucinda Boyd, author of the program. It addresses issues such as substance abuse, negative decision making and anger management.

“For those that are in prison, they’re coming home,” she said. “And they need to have those success tools. A lot of people don’t have them — they’ve never been taught.”

Boyd said the program is just one stepping stone to criminal justice reform in the state.

“When you come out with a felony and you can’t get a job, you can’t get an apartment, you’re set up for failure,” she said. “So we want to try to help change that so that they can come out and succeed in life.”

The program seeks to help prisoners learn their skills, strengths and weaknesses and use them to set and achieve their goals. It will begin this month for prisoners at Eyman Prison in Florence.

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