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Middle Tennessee Rural Reentry Technology Program

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $747,619)

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 utilize award funds to: provide moderate to high risk offenders with Introduction to Manufacturing/Plastics and industry-certified career training program for a minimum of 120 participants, with 80 or more expected to complete the program over a three year period; increase the post release employability of these certified individuals with 100% of those who complete the training obtaining employment; reduce the recidivism rate of those served to 30% or less.


Date Created: September 29, 2015