The U.S. Justice Department is giving out more than $28 million to states, local governments, and non-profit organizations under the Second Chance Act, which aids inmate re-entry. The money, awarded through five grant programs, will be used to support reentry through services such as mentoring, literacy classes, job training, education programs, substance abuse, rehabilitation, and mental health programs for adult and juvenile offenders.
Mary Lou Leary, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs, said the grants are designed to help localities “characterized by large numbers of returning offenders, providing an evidence-based process that begins with initial incarceration and ends with successful community reintegration.”Grantees will provide transitional services such as creating pre-release mentoring relationships, housing, education, substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, services to enhance family reunification, job training and readiness, and post-release case management. The Justice Department announced creation of a National Adult and Juvenile Offender Reentry Resource Center with a national partner, the Council of State Governments Justice Center. The center will provide technical assistance to states, localities and tribes to develop evidenced-based reentry programs.