McGreevey, jailhouse program earn Sundance spot

    TRENTON, N.J. — The jailhouse treatment program where former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey works has earned a spot at the Sundance Film Festival and accolades from the U.S. Justice Department.

     

     

    McGreevey is spiritual counselor to 40 women in a pilot program at Hudson County Correctional Center to keep them from returning to jail. The program offers addiction, counseling, job skills and education services.

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    The Justice Department cites it as one of two top re-entry efforts nationwide.

    Therapist Frank Mazza says women who complete the program are less than half as likely to return to jail within a year as those who had no treatment.

    The struggles of the women as well as McGreevey’s own admission that he is gay and resignation as governor are the subject of a documentary showing at Sundance this month.

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