Novel program connects felons with bank, college & treatment

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 10, 2015 3:04 AM

(Undated) -- A federal court system in Pennsylvania is entering into an unusual partnership.

It's teaming with a bank, a community college and a health care system to help recently released convicts get back on their feet -- and avoid further brushes with the law. 

Some ex-inmates will be able to get a loan, an education and drug-and-alcohol treatment under a novel program that officials hope will reduce the number of felons who wind up back in prison. 

Thomas Vanaskie is a judge on the Philadelphia-based 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

He tells The Associated Press he hopes the program will become a model for the rest of the nation. 

It takes effect tomorrow in Pennsylvania's Middle District, a federal court system comprising the northeastern and central parts of the state.  

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