Barto’s Bill Extending Prison Transition Program Signed Into Law

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PHOENIX — On Tuesday, Sen. Nancy Barto’s bill, SB1067, that extends the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry’s Prison Transition Program, was signed into law by Governor Doug Ducey.

The bill extends the program until July 1, 2030 and expands eligibility criteria for those serving time. The program, which has resulted in reductions in recidivism, provides eligible inmates with transition services in the community for up to 90 days by partnering with private or nonprofit providers.

Barto, who represents Legislative District 15, said that the benefits of the program will extend to all Arizonans.

“Supporting inmates as they transition back to society enhances public safety and cuts down on recidivism,” said Barto. “Senate Bill 1067 ensures the life-changing Prison Transition Program stays in place and expands inmate eligibility, which helps more people who served their time. My sincere thanks to Governor Ducey for signing a bill that will protect our communities and change lives.”

“The Prison Transition Program is smart, proven and effective public policy,” said Ducey. “I’m thrilled to see it extended so Arizona can help more inmates and continue to take a responsible approach to criminal justice reform. My thanks to the Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry for leading the Prison Transition Program, and to Senator Nancy Barto for sponsoring the legislation to keep the program going.”

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