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New facility in Boise aims to help former inmates reenter society

Officials say the goal is to make sure people leaving prison can become productive members of society.

BOISE, Idaho — A new facility to help former inmates adjust to life outside of prison has officially opened in Boise.

The St. Vincent de Paul Reentry Services Center on West Emerald Street held a grand opening celebration Wednesday afternoon.

Officials there say the goal is to make sure people leaving prison can become productive members of society.

"They can pick you up from prison and bring you here," explained Ralph May, executive director of St. Vincent de Paul Southwest Idaho. "Then take you to Probation and Parole or to Health and Welfare, to their transition home - The kind of things you need to get settled in and have a good start."

The facility also offers job search advice and counseling for former inmates. It is privately funded through donations, grants and thrift store profits.