In 2019, more than 23,000 men and women were released from the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Last year, IDOC created a new program that’s main focus is to provide the necessary services to people returning to society.
Administrator for the Reentry Program, Jennifer Parrack, said it’s all about bridging the gap between life inside the correctional facility and when people are released on parole.
“We really knew that we were not adequately preparing our men and women to leave our correctional facilities and be successful,” Parrack said. “For our men and women that have worked really hard in our correctional facilities to better themselves and get prepared to have a better life to support their family members upon release, we really need to be working hard to assist them.”