Riley plans recovery program

Alabama Gov. Bob Riley wants the state to involve faith and community based organizations in helping prisoners who are returning to society to the ex-convicts avoid a relapse into a life of crime.

The Governor is launching a program called the Community Partnership for Recovery and Reentry, which will actively engage faith-based organizations and community groups to provide pre-release and post-release support for the ex-prisoners.

"Every year," said Riley in a release, "about 7,000 Alabamians return from our prisons to our communities. Too many end up back in prison within a few years. It's in everyone's interest to help them successfully re-enter society and live as useful citizens."