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New Jersey Prisoner Reentry Initiative

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2006, $900,000)

The Prisoner Reentry Initiative (PRI) is designed to provide funding to state units of government to develop and implement institutional and community corrections-based offender reentry programs. The PRI strengthens urban communities characterized by large numbers of returning, nonviolent prisoners. PRI is designed to reduce recidivism by helping returning inmates find work and assess other critical services in their communities. The PRI supports strategies to deliver pre-release assessments and services, and to develop transition plans in collaboration with other justice and community-based agencies and providers for supervised and non-supervised, nonviolent offenders.

The New Jersey Department of Corrections, in partnership with the New Jersey State Parole Board, Career Opportunity Development Incorporated, Goodwill Industries, and other state and local stakeholders, will develop a comprehensive prisoner reentry initiative for non-violent offenders. The target population will be state sentenced non-violent offenders from Atlantic and Essex Counties who fit the eligibility criteria for entrance into the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Labor funded Prisoner Reentry Programs offered by Career Opportunity Development Incorporated and Goodwill Industries.


Date Created: August 31, 2006