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Hartford opens welcome center to assist former inmates

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HARTFORD — The city of Hartford has opened a new center designed to help former inmates integrate back into society.

The Re-entry Welcome Center is funded by a three-year, $450,000 grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.

It’s designed to connect those leaving prison with programs and services that can help them with needs such as health care, education and job training.

Officials said the center, located inside Hartford City Hall, will provide case management services to 150 people each year, concentrating on those who have been released within 90 days and are not on parole or probation.

Mayor Luke Bronin said by helping former inmates rebuild their lives, the center will also make the community safer and stronger.

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