With Roanoke's Drug Market Intervention (DMI) program moving into its second neighborhood, Total Action Against Poverty (TAP) said there's evidence it's working.
The community service agency plays a key role in the program working with the selected non-violent offenders who are offered a second chance.
Three out of the five offenders selected are working or back in school and TAP Director Annette Lewis has seen first hand the difference the program is making.
"It has made a difference in the Hurt Park community. My church is in that community so I know a year later how people feel more free going out."
The second DMI program began two weeks ago in the Melrose neighborhood in Roanoke.