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Court Meetings Help Ex-Convicts Succeed

In a year that's seen the rate of crime rise in Boston, experts report that one factor is the increasing number of former inmates who reenter society with little or no support. Criminologists and community workers say the lure of drugs and crime is strong if a person on probation does not have a job or adequate supervision.

Across the country, the rate of recidivism is 67%, a figure that was last tallied in 1994. Now in Boston, a group of federal judges has created a program to help ex-offenders succeed after getting out of prison. WBUR's Monica Brady-Myerov reports.

This program aired on December 13, 2006. The audio for this program is not available.

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