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U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman Announces $932,805 Grant Award To Help Prisoner Reentry Programs In New Jersey

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Jersey

NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), today announced a $932,805 grant to the N.J. State Parole Board to help reduce the recidivism of individuals reentering their communities after incarceration.

The funds were awarded as part of the Second Chance Act (SCA) Two-Phase Adult Reentry Demonstration Program, which is designed to help jurisdictions develop and implement collaborative strategies to reduce recidivism for medium to high risk parolees. The $932,805 will support a reentry program for 100 parolees from pre to post-release, with an emphasis on improved housing and supportive services.

In April 2008 the SCA was passed with bipartisan support and was backed by a broad spectrum of leaders in law enforcement, corrections, courts, behavioral health and other areas. The Second Chance Act represents a federal investment in strategies to reduce recidivism and increase public safety, as well as to reduce corrections costs for state and local governments. Since 2009, more than 600 Second Chance Act grant awards have been made to government agencies and nonprofit organizations from 49 states for reentry programs serving adults and juveniles. The Second Chance Act’s grant programs are funded and administered by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs.

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Updated October 1, 2015

Press Release Number: 15-359