Why Durham is now giving $600 a month to over 100 people back from prison

Durham launched a guaranteed income program Tuesday that will give over 100 formerly incarcerated people $600 a month for the rest of the year.

The program planned to give 115 participants $500 per month when it was announced in 2021. A $100,000 anonymous grant increased potential recipients to 129, with the 109 people now selected getting a little more money.

“We had a number of challenges, [including] inability to reach individuals, re-incarceration and additional ineligible participants,” program director Syretta Hill wrote in an email to The News & Observer. “With the decrease in the number of participants, we were able to […]

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