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Cuyahoga County Prisoner Re-entry Program

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)
Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $400,000)

The Congressionally Recommended Awards Program, authorized by the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2010 (Pub. L. 111-117), 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 recommended by Congress, in the amounts specified in the joint explanatory statement incorporated by reference into Pub. L. 111-117, 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 2010 Congressional Budget and by the joint explanatory statement that is incorporated by reference into the FY2010 Department of Justice Appropriations Act.

The Cuyahoga County Board of Commissioners will support the Cuyahoga County Department of Justice Affairs Office of Reentry to: (1) improve the capacity of the criminal justice system to effectively plan and allocate resources; (2) encourage information sharing to enhance offender reentry; and (3) prevent and combat juvenile delinquency. The Greater Cleveland Reentry Strategy is currently being implemented and grant funding from this initiative will support the strategy by providing housing, programming, and evaluation of the model to ensure that any gaps in the Greater Cleveland Integrated Reentry Project model are addressed as programming moves forward. The goal of the initiative is to create optimal reentry transition by addressing the individual needs of those returning home, thereby reducing recidivism. Activities will include providing housing for people who were formerly incarcerated and facilitating programming that focuses on fatherhood development. The participants will receive legal support and education, financial literacy education, and programming on entrepreneurial business development.


Date Created: September 7, 2010