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June 4, 2001††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 202/307-0703





Funds Available to Help Reintegrate Offenders Into Communities



Applications are now being accepted for grants up to $3.1 million under the new Young Offender Initiative: Reentry Grant Program. A collaboration among the Departments of Health and Human Services, Justice and Labor, the program supports efforts to ensure public safety by helping returning offenders become productive members of their community.Approximately $79 million will be available for up to 25 grantees. The application deadline is October 1, 2001.††


The Young Offender Initiative: Reentry Grant Program will help communities combine close supervision with services to help ex-offenders ages 14 to 35 become law-abiding citizens, gain long-term employment and maintain a stable residence.The reentry efforts will entail public-private partnerships that involve the whole community and provide a range of services, including substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment and job placement.Reentry planning will involve close coordination among corrections staff, law enforcement, probation/parole officers and community-based service providers.


To obtain a copy of the FY 2001 Young Offender Initiative: Reentry Grant Program Application Package, see the Grant Solicitations and Application Kits section of the Office of Justice Programsí (OJP) Corrections Program Office Website at or contact the Department of Justice Response Center at 1-800/421-6770.


Media and Congressional staff should contact the OJP Office of Congressional and Public Affairs at 202/307-0703.

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