Local reentry efforts mirror national push for alternatives to incarceration

By: Jeff Matthews, The (Alexandria) Town Talk, December 5, 2015

It looked like a typical graduation ceremony, but it wasn't.

The graduates wore gowns and marched in to "Pomp and Circumstance." Beaming family members took pictures. There were speeches about great accomplishments and what the future holds. When it was over, the graduates tossed their tasseled caps into the air to celebrate.

What was atypical about the ceremony Thursday was that the graduates were not traditional students. They're among a group of people that much of society sees in a far different light — they have all recently been to prison or on probation for various crimes.

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