CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was in Chattanooga Wednesday afternoon, encouraging female inmates to become productive members of society.

Holder says a new release center will be the first steps for many incarcerated women to turn their lives around.

Holder addressed the crowd at the next door release center praising the transitional program. It will provide housing and case management for offenders within 30 to 120 days of release.

The unique thing about this program is it caters to the needs of the individual, Holder says this helps women adjust much faster once released.

"Here the residents will seek counseling for addiction, mental health issues, learn parenting skills and acquire job training. This is truly a comprehensive approach," says Holder.

This pilot program was formed by "reentry" council under Holder. It's new focus is look at individual needs for different problems and the program is funded through grant money.