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Chester County’s Department of Probation, Parole and Pretrial Services has garnered two more national awards for the Women’s Reentry Assessment and Programming (WRAP) initiative. The National Association of Counties (NACo) has recognized Chester County for the WRAP program as part of its 2017 achievement awards under the category of Criminal Justice and Public Safety.   This award will be presented to Chester County the NACo conference in Columbus, Ohio. In addition to the NACO award, the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University recently announced that Chester County’s WRAP program advanced from the “top 100” to the “top 25” finalist level from a pool of more than 500 applicants for the 2017 Innovations in American Government Awards competition. The Ash Center top 25 finalists represent the dedicated efforts of city, county, state and federal governments, and address policy issues such as economic development, environmental and community revitalization, public health, equal access to education, criminal justice and health care. The WRAP initiative was launched in January 2014 following extensive research to meet the needs of women who have been incarcerated, who were struggling for basic survival or who were lacking in skills to transition back into family life.  The program began with 50 women, working with one probation officer trained in motivational interviewing and trauma-informed approaches.  In two years, WRAP has expanded to 170 women.