BOSTON (AP) -- Gov. Deval Patrick plans to unveil what he's calling a major program aimed at reducing recidivism among high-risk young men.

Patrick says the proposal is designed to reduce crime, save taxpayers money, and improve outcomes for hundreds of young men leaving the juvenile justice system or who're in the probation system.

Patrick plans to detail the initiative Wednesday at an event in Chelsea.

He says the state isn't doing enough to help keep young men from returning to prison.

About 64 percent of young male ex-offenders in Massachusetts re-offend within five years, and only 35 percent find work within a year of being released.

Patrick says the administration is trying to improve the situation with the help of nonprofit expertise, private sector funding and ongoing evaluation of existing state programs.