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Governor signs executive order to help former prisoners

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WASHINGTON - Governor Jay Inslee signed an executive order to offer former prisoners more support once they are back in their communities.The order signed Tuesday, directs several agencies with efforts related to reducing prisoners from falling back into criminal behavior. 

The transition programs includes; a reentry focused orientation program for every individual when they enter and when they leave a facility, making sure all people leaving a state correctional facility have an identification card, identifying workforce needs that can be met by those with criminal backgrounds and addressing barriers to state employment.

Right now about 17,000 people are incarcerated in prisons in the state, of which about 95% will eventually be released. Inslee said through this order he hopes to increase six-month post-incarceration employment from 30% to 40% by next year.