The U.S. Department of Labor today announced 15 grants totaling $20 million through the Civic Justice Corps program to help formerly incarcerated individuals ages 18-24 reconnect with their communities and find pathways to success through community service and educational opportunities.
"The grants announced today will directly support young people looking to improve their skills and long-term employment prospects," said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. "The Civic Justice Corps includes learning through community service and valuable experiences that serve not only participants but also the families and communities to which they are returning."
Beyond service opportunities, the Civic Justice Corps offers postsecondary education and training, community connections, high staff-to-participant ratios, career development, and post-program support and follow-up, all of which help reduce recidivism rates.
Each year, approximately 650,000 inmates are released from state and federal prisons, and return to their communities and families, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Without assistance to make a successful transition, the majority of former offenders return to criminal activity. In order to successfully reintegrate into their communities, it is essential that these individuals have the skills and support necessary to compete for and obtain jobs.
For more information on the range of Department of Labor employment and training programs, visit http://www.doleta.gov.