Prisoner reintegration group wins award, but funding in jeopardy

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By CBC News, 6 November 2012

An Ottawa program that helps former convicts re-integrate into society won a community safety award last night, shortly after they learned they were losing federal funding. (…)

MAP — which stands for Mentorship, Aftercare and Presence — matches men and women recently released from the jail and prison system with "coaches" who can help them deal with all kinds of hurdles, including addiction, unemployment and homelessness.

Simpson said the group, which has operated in Ottawa for the last 12 years, recently found they were losing $33,000 a year in funding from Correctional Services Canada. MAP has a total annual budget of about $70,000. (…)

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