Local woman trying to bring more resources to those getting out of prison

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – A new non-profit is hoping to make a difference for those who were formerly incarcerated.

Positive Reinforcements Inc. just opened its doors in September. Founder and CEO, April Star Alexander, said each year more than 600,000 men and women are released from incarceration. Oftentimes they don’t have many resources as they transition back into life outside of prison, especially in a rural area.

But, with Positive Reinforcements Inc., Alexander is trying to change that, offering case management, anger management, mentoring, employment readiness, and more.

“There are so many people when they are released from prison they do not have the opportunity of getting a second chance majority of the time they will re-offend if they are not getting the help or services that they need so why not provide so services so we can help them reintegrate back into the community and reduce recidivism at the same time,” April Star Alexander, the founder, said.

April said she eventually wants to add more services like a juvenile program, domestic violence, and transitional housing.

Right now, she is looking for mentors, volunteers, and donations.

Alexander said this Saturday at Greenwood Elementary they will have a booth set up at an event the Lower Shore Vulnerable Populations Task Force is putting on from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

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