State launches Project GPS

Posted at: 07/31/2013 10:13 PM
Updated at: 08/01/2013 7:39 AM
By: Chris Ramirez, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A new initiative by the state prison system aims to clean up streets and get former prisoners the help they need.

It's called Project GPS.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 was with them Wednesday evening as officials from the prison system, along with APD and the sheriff's office, talked to people downtown.

They passed out fliers with photos of people who absconded from probation or parole, and they talked with people to make sure they were doing OK while under court ordered supervision.

According to prison chief Gregg Marcantel, one man they spoke to was on parole, but by talking to him, they were quickly able to identify that the man has mental health issues.

By getting the man off the streets and finding him help, both the neighborhood and the man benefit from the program.