CARLISLE, Ind. (WTHI) - A maximum security prison is probably the last place you wouldthink a marriage workshop would be held.
"I would never expect for a facility to have something likethis, ever," a prisoner's fiance Erica Hazzard said.
The Wabash Valley Correctional Facility has been running thecounseling program for two years.
The Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program also knownas PREP brings couples together to work on communication skills andfamily values.
"This helps her, it helps us. We have two boys, we have a littlebaby and helps us communicate, it helps me communicate more withthem," prisoner Ricky Griffin said.
However, in this tough economy some wonder where they get themoney to fund this program.
A government grant gives prisons statewide $400,000 and it mayseem like a lot, but they said it pays off.
Director of Religious Services Dr. Stephen Hall said the priceis well worth it in order to help reduce crime.
"If you can reduce the recidivism rate by 1 percent you havemore than paid for this you will have created a safer community inwhich to live," Hall said.
Hall said offenders in this program are better off in the longrun.
In fact, Hall said with the last 200 prisoners released "around20 had returned so that's around 10 percent or less returnrate."
A very low number compared to the national average return rateof 67 percent and Indiana's average is 37 percent.
"It's not just about not re-offending but taking responsibilityand programs like this help you understand what you need to do,"inmate Gary Green said.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services funds theprogram.
It's a five year grant that helps more than 13 statewideprisons.
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