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$1 million grant to help inmates to adjust to life after prison

Peaceprints of Western New York announced the start of "Project Blue" Friday, thanks to a million-dollar grant from the justice department.
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BUFFALO, N.Y. — A first of its kind program here in Western New York is going to help inmates getting out from behind bars re-adjust to life on the outside.

Peaceprints of Western New York announced the start of  "Project Blue" Friday, thanks to a million-dollar grant from the Justice Department.

It's a new three-year pilot program that gives services to current Erie County inmates who are housed in a separate pod at the Holding Center so they can work on re-integrating into society when they're released.

They're doing it partnership with the sheriff's office with input from the inmates.

"Project Blue is simple: reduce recidivism by providing access to comprehensive and quality re-entry services. For the first time, clients like Brandon have stated that they actually feel confident in their success. That's powerful, " said Cindi McEachon, Executive Director at PeacePrints.

The program will track recidivism rates in hopes of showing that it's making a difference in keeping people out of jail.