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Ex-offender Recidivism Reduction Project

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $150,000)

The Congressionally Selected Awards Program, authorized by the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009 (Pub. L. 111-8), helps improve the functioning of the criminal justice system, prevent or combat juvenile delinquency, and/or assist victims of crime (other than compensation). Funds should be used for the projects selected by Congress, in the amounts specified in the joint explanatory statement incorporated by reference into Pub. L. 111-8, and generally consistent with one or more of the following statutory purposes: improving the functioning of the criminal justice system, preventing or combating juvenile delinquency, or assisting victims of crime (other than compensation). Each of these purposes is framed using language drawn, respectively, from the former Byrne discretionary statute, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, the Victims of Crime Act, and the Violence Against Women Act. This project is authorized and funded through a line item in the FY 09 Congressional Budget and by the joint explanatory statement that is incorporated by reference into the FY09 Omnibus Appropriations Act.

A Hand Up Recovery Homes NFP is a residential living facility located in North Lawndale, IL, that has created the Ex-offender Recidivism Reduction Project. The reentry project provides a transitional living environment for male ex-offenders in a supportive and confidential alcohol and drug-free living environment. The provision of services to these offenders recovering from alcoholism and drug addiction will reduce and prevent criminal activity, reunite parents with their families, and help the community which has been devastated by the disease of addiction.

A Hand Up Recovery Homes NFP will assist males being released from jail will also create, refer, and provide job opportunities for the residents. The project helps residents to develop self confidence which contributes to a successful recovery and assists clients with reintegration into the community with strong supportive services.


Date Created: September 2, 2009