Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $702,750)
The Second Chance Act of 2007 (Pub. L. 110-199) provides a comprehensive response to the increasing number of incarcerated adults and juveniles who are released from prison, jail, and juvenile residential facilities and returning to communities. The Second Chance Act will help ensure that the transition individuals make from prison, jail, or juvenile residential facilities to the community is successful and promotes public safety. Section 115 of the Second Chance Act authorizes federal awards to states, units of local government, territories, and federally recognized Indian tribes to provide technology career training to persons confined in state prisons, local jails, and juvenile residential facilities.
The goal of the Second Chance Act Technology Careers Training Demonstration Projects for Incarcerated Adults and Juveniles is to increase the post-release employability of offenders in related technology-based jobs and career fields. The objective of the program is to establish and provide technology career training programs for incarcerated adults and juveniles during the 6-24 month period before release from a prison, jail, or juvenile facility.
The grantee will use the funds to increase re-entry success by increasing skill levels and employability of adults. Funds will allow the grantee to create the first on-line training program at the jail, while also protecting against Internet abuse. The goals of the project are to provide in-facility technology training for 300 adults, creating the first in-facility technology training program. Services will include life skills, counseling and basic academic skills training, and links to Information Technology careers. By giving trainees marketable skills when they come out, the project will enhance their ability to find work quickly. CA/NCF