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Warren prison ministry raises awareness for new federal law

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A husband and wife from Warren are working hard to give those behind bars a second chance. 

Martha Conyer-Allen, the co-founder of Free Indeed Prison Ministries lifted her voice in front of a crowd of supporters on Thursday night.

Conyer- Allen and her husband, Rev. Walter Allen, started the non-profit 17 yeas ago and now hope they can bring more support for a federal law recently put into place, called "The First Act."

"A lot of people will be coming out of prison because if this law and they're not prepared and the community is not prepared," said Martha Conyer- Allen.

Mahoning County Juvenile Court Judge Theresa Dellick was the key note speaker at the event. She explains the law is designed to reduce prison populations and provide alternatives to incarceration. 

Just a couple highlights of the law include: reduction in sentences for good time served through programs like counseling and drug treatment. Also, the ability for federal judges to craft sentences based on someone's needs.

"Now these federal judges have the discretion to say this person's problem is drug addiction, you're not going to cure drug addiction in prison," said Dellick.

As for those on the front line, like Free Indeed Prison Ministries they hope the community understands the importance of preparing inmates to transition back into society.
 

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