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An advocate applauds Hartford's opening of a renovated Reentry Center for former prisoners

person holds in hand the key that will perhaps open the door to freedom
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The key to open the door.

The city of Hartford has unveiled a new, expanded and improved Reentry Welcome Center at 716 Windsor St.

The center is a resource for people formerly housed in the prison system as they work toward restarting their lives on the outside.

Community Partners in Action (CPA) offers educational, housing, employment and substance abuse assistance to people newly released from prison. Community Partners has spearheaded this effort. Executive Director Beth Hines joined "All Things Considered" to talk about how critical it is for the community that the reentry center can now serve as a one-stop shop for support services.

Hines says the Department of Correction, the CPA's corporate and community partners and community members have helped CPA’s efforts to reintegrate formerly incarcerated people into society.

John Henry Smith is Connecticut Public’s host of All Things Considered, its flagship afternoon news program. In his 20th year as a professional broadcaster, he’s covered both news and sports.

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