Portman pushing program to help ex-offenders
A congressman went to prison yesterday to push a bill that he says would reduce the number of former inmates who commit new crimes when they leave prison. Representative Rob Portman of Cincinnati says the Second Chance Act of 2004 will help ex-offenders get jobs. He was at the Lebanon Correctional Institution. He says of the nearly 650-thousand prisoners released every year, two-thirds will end up back in prison within three years. And that costs Ohio taxpayers 20-thousand-dollars a year for each inmate. Ohio first lady Hope Taft says it's hard for ex-offenders to find housing, work and treatment for drug or alcohol problems.