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The St. Croix Correctional Center in New Richmond is home to the center's Challenge Incarceration Program which handles between 100 and 130 inmates at a time. Photo by Jeff Holmquist

Second chances: Prison program gives inmates tools needed for successful life

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NEW RICHMOND -- The non-descript complex of buildings, tucked away on the western edge of New Richmond, has three letters outlined in stone to identify itself to passing motorists.


CIP is the Challenge Incarceration Program, an earned early release prison facility that has been changing the lives of criminals for 20 years.

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Jeff Holmquist
Jeff Holmquist has been managing editor of the New Richmond News since 2004. He holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and business administration from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. He has previously worked as editor in Wadena, Minn.; Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Hutchinson, Minn.; and Bloomington, Minn. He also was previously owner of the Osceola Sun, Stillwater Courier and Scandia Messenger along with his wife. Together they previously founded and published The Old Times newspaper for antiques and collectibles collectors; and Up!, a Christian magazine of hope and encouragement.
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