SB 392: Chamber-initiated legislation passes both House and Senate

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Concord is now home to not one, but two state prisons. The women’s prison recently opened on North State Street and is receiving inmates. What are the social and financial impacts of released state prisoners on Concord and the surrounding communities? What mechanisms are in place to help these folks reintegrate into society and become productive, self-sufficient citizens? Senate Bill 392, introduced by Senator Dan Feltes on behalf of the Chamber, passed both the house and senate and is on its way to the Governor’s desk. The bill creates a study commission to measure the impact of released state prisoners on Concord and the surrounding communities. Statistics provided by the Department of Corrections indicate a disproportionately high number of released inmates end up staying in Concord, regardless of where they originated from. The study commission brings together representatives from corrections, business, mental health, law enforcement, city social services and others to take a deep dive into this issue, gain a better understanding based upon solid information, and consider best practices and pathways for released inmates to a more secure and successful future. 

Tim Sink is the President of the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce.

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