Richmond home helps offenders get back on their feet

RICHMOND, VA. (AP) - A Richmond home is helping nonviolent drug offenders re-enter the community after spending time behind bars.

The Richmond Times Dispatch reports that the home in the city's South Side Blackwell community will eventually house eight men who participated in the Richmond City Justice Center's REAL program. There are currently three residents and all the men living there will be nonviolent drug offenders.

The residents are required to do community service and get a job. Once they're employed, they have to pay $135 per week in rent.

They also have to buy their own food, keep the house clean and do coursework for the REAL program. They have a curfew and have to sign out when they leave the house.

© 2017 Associated Press


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