Group offers free massages for ex-cons

For one ex-con, the stress of getting out of prison inspired him to help fellow ex-cons reduce the stress they face once they get back

BEDFORD-STUYVESANT - For one ex-con, the stress of getting out of prison inspired him to help fellow ex-cons reduce the stress they face once they get back into the free world.

Mateen Flores spent 22 years in prison. He teamed up with massage therapist Jillian Duncan to help ex-cons who recently got out of prison to help reduce their stress and hopefully reduce their chances of being rearrested.

The eight-week program, called The Free Fulfillment Project, offers four massage and four counseling sessions.

According to the Pew Research Center, four out of 10 people released from prison will return to prison within three years. According to program organizers, none of the two dozen people who have completed the therapy have been rearrested.

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