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From prison to society: Concordance Academy to help newly released inmates

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Concordance Academy of Leadership plans to help 250 inmates released from prison this year.

The local non-profit is the first of its kind that offers participants a holistic approach to success which includes assistance with housing, jobs, health and wellness and education.

Research shows 77 percent of former prisoners return to prison on a national level three to five years after being released. The academy's goal is to reduce the return rate and reduce crime in the St. Louis area.