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Sending released convicts to a former New York prison

23 October 2013 Last updated at 01:02 BST

For the first time in the US, a decommissioned prison is to be turned into a facility to help former inmates re-enter the community.

And it's happening in the area of New York most in need of it - the Bronx.

The facility will be run by the Osborne Association, a not-for-profit group with 80 years' experience working with both the imprisoned and those who have been released from jail.

Michael Maher spoke to the association's Elizabeth Gaynes about the novel programme.

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