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Transitional Housing Helps Parolees, Saves Tax Dollars

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada Corrections Department officials say a transitional housing facility in Las Vegas is helping parolees who can't yet afford life on the outside while also saving taxpayers money.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports 41 former prisoners are staying at the 400-bed Casa Grande Transitional Housing Facility, where per-person daily housing costs are estimated at $43 less than prison.

State officials adapted the site for people who couldn't afford parole after a Review-Journal report showed a cost to taxpayers of $4 million annually to incarcerate those individuals.

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Parolees need a state-approved release plan that includes a place for them to stay.

The parole backlog averaged 365 inmates in 2014.

Of the 99 people to enter the program as of March, 42 found places to live and 20 have full-time jobs.