In Colorado about half of the people who get out of prison end up back behind bars within three years. Some parole officers supervise more than 100 offenders and the state’s prisons have reached max capacity. Governor Bill Ritter says the state needs to address these problems and reduce recidivism. Bente Birkeland spoke with the new executive director of the Colorado Department of Corrections, Ari Zavaras, who used to head the department in the nineties. Zavaras talked about the changes taking place and his goals to help inmates succeed on the outside.
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