City opens talks with F5 Project on parolees

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Posted: Friday, September 6, 2019 6:00 am | Updated: 6:35 am, Fri Sep 6, 2019.

The Hillsboro City Commission on Monday held a 30-minute discussion on how the city can partner with the F5 Project, a program that helps support parolees with housing, employment, transportation and socialization options after they leave prison.

Adam Martin, the project’s founder, shared his story with commissioners at the invitation of City Commission President Terry Sando.

Martin said F5 manages eight transition houses in major cities in North Dakota, serving people just out of prison.

He noted that the face of criminal justice is changing to emphasize “opportunities after punishment,” which fits the F5 model by coordinating services and support to help deter repeat offenders.

Martin said that F5 helps by offering peer support or mentoring to participants seeking safe and affordable housing, employment, transportation solutions and healthy socialization. 

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