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Education Department Announces New Tools to Support Successful Reentry for Formerly Incarcerated Youth and Adults

by Ernie Melcher

The U.S. Department of Education, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, announced today $5.7 million in new grants aimed at improving outcomes for students who have been involved in the criminal justice system. The Department also released a new toolkit providing guidance to educators and others to support a successful reentry system for formerly incarcerated youth and adults.

The Education Department’s reentry grant program focuses on career and technical education programs, reentry services and employment training opportunities for students. The four grantees are: Portland (Oregon) Community College, Saint Paul (Minnesota) Public Schools, Shelby County (Tennessee) Board of Education and the School District of Philadelphia.

The Department will support the establishment and operation of projects that build on existing efforts to improve reentry outcomes for youths who have been in the justice system, including focusing on career and technical education and building strong partnerships to implement a comprehensive, collaborative approach to improving education, employment, and other positive outcomes for these young people.
The toolkit aligns with the Education Department’s effort to promote access to correctional education and reentry services for those leaving the criminal justice system, and thereby build stronger, safer communities and families. The toolkit provides resources for educators and community members, and highlights the five critical components of an effective reentry system: program infrastructure; strategic partnerships; education services; transition processes; and sustainability.
The full press release from the U.S. Department of Education is available at http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/education-department-announces-new-tools-support-successful-reentry-formerly-incarcerated-youth-and-adults

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