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Arizona Department of Corrections to offer rehabilitation program for veteran inmates

In this July 4, 2015 file photo, prison inmates stand in the yard at Arizona State Prison-Kingman in Golden Valley, Ariz. (Patrick Breen/The Arizona Republic via AP, File)

PHOENIX — The Arizona Department of Corrections announced a new rehabilitation program for inmates who are also veterans on Tuesday, according to a recent press release.

The Regaining Honor program will offer veteran inmates classes, workshops and release planning in order to address the issues that put them behind bars and lead to a successful civilian life, according to the press release.

“This program will give these men a chance to earn back the pride and honor they achieved while serving our country,” Charles Ryan, director of the Arizona Department of Corrections, said in the release.

Minimum-custody male inmates will be eligible to participate in the program if they have received an honorable, general or medical discharge from the armed forces and are currently within six to 24 months of release.

The program will take up to 125 volunteering participants, who have agreed to follow a “strict code of conduct.”

“This is an exciting opportunity for both the veteran inmates and my staff at the Whetstone Unit,” Deputy Warden Dionne Martinez, one of the principal creators of the Regaining Honor program, said in the release.

So far the program will only be located at the state prison complex in Tucson, but officials want to expand to other locations if it is successful.

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