FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                     OJP

JULY 15, 2002                                                                                                             202/307-0703




WASHINGTON, DC – Attorney General John Ashcroft announced today that Nevada will receive a total of $1,999,984 to support prisoner reentry initiatives. The Nevada awards were among 68 grants totaling $100 million to support efforts to ensure public safety and reduce victimization by helping returning offenders become productive members of their communities. Forty-nine states, including Nevada, and the District of Columbia and Virgin Islands will receive the funds.


The grants, awarded by the Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP), are part of the Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative, an unprecedented collaboration among the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Justice, Labor and Veterans Affairs.  


“By educating and treating offenders, we are not only helping them improve their lives, we are reducing the chance they will return to crime and drug abuse,” said Attorney General Ashcroft.   “My hope is that the reentry programs will improve public safety and reduce the burden on law enforcement and corrections.”


The Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative will build on innovative reentry efforts in states for both juveniles and adults with the goal that these efforts serve as nationwide models. Reentry efforts will begin while offenders are still in correctional facilities, continue through offenders’ transition back into the community and help sustain ex-offenders through services such as employment training and substance abuse and mental health treatment. Efforts will be tailored to any one, or combination of, the following age groups: Youth (ages 14 ‑ 17); Young Adult (ages 18 ‑ 24) and Adult (ages 25-plus).  These efforts involve close coordination among institutional corrections, law enforcement, community corrections and other community-based service providers.


Within Nevada, the Nevada Department of Child and Family Services will receive $520,977 and will target Clark County youth, ages 14‑17, who are leaving state youth correctional facilities.  The project will enhance the Intensive Aftercare Project, Fresh Start, promote community involvement in the youth’s reentry to the community and provide youth parolees with a maximum of supervision and services, including mental health and/or drug and alcohol treatment in the institution and in the community.  The Nevada Department of Corrections (NDOC) will receive $1,479,007 and will target male and female offenders ages 14 to 35 from the southern region of the state. Collaborative partnerships consisting of state agencies, local law enforcement, mental health and employment agencies, as well as various drug treatment, faith‑based, and community service organizations will provide comprehensive reintegration services for offenders returning to southern Nevada. 


“These programs are all tailored to meet the unique needs of the state and local communities,” added Ashcroft.  “But they draw together different disciplines to develop state-of-the art, integrated reentry efforts.”


The Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative is designed to address all three stages involved in returning an offender to the community.  The process involves education, treatment and life skills programs while offenders are in institutions, services and supervision as they reenter the community and networks of agencies, and individuals to support offenders as they become productive and law-abiding members of their communities.


More information about the Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative and other OJP programs is available on OJP’s Website at  Media should contact OJP’s Office of Congressional and Public Affairs at 202/307-0703.


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