IMPD helps offenders return to Indy streets

INDIANAPOLIS - Within the next few weeks, the north district of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department will serve as a first destination for ex-offenders.

There, the former inmates will sit down with a police officer and a parole officer with the Indiana Department of Correction.

Each year, as many as 5,000 ex-offenders return to Indianapolis with very little in the way of a support system.

Police and parole officers want to change that.

"What we want to do is point them in the right places within the city, whether it's medicine, housing issues, jobs, how to re-integrate back into society and be productive and not go back to jail," IMPD Cmdr. Tom Koppel said.

The re-entry effort by police started as a pilot project at the city’s northwest district. Its success is responsible for the expansion of the program city-wide.

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