Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2020, $588,352)
The Correctional Adult Reentry Education, Employment, and Recidivism Strategies (CAREERRS) Program, a Second Chance Act program, is designed to help communities establish education, vocation, and job training programs in their correctional systems that address employment challenges facing incarcerated youth and adults re-entering those communities and the workforce.
The primary objectives of the CAREERRS Program are: 1) implement or expand educational, vocational, and employment programs for incarcerated juvenile and adult offenders that result in improved educational and employment outcomes, as measured by certifications and other credentials, diplomas, and jobs; and 2) demonstrate increased collaboration between educational and workforce service providers and corrections, community supervision providers, and other reentry stakeholders.
The recipient will use award funds to expand and enhance the current reentry program at the Grundy County Detention Center by providing education, job training programs, and substance abuse disorder and mental health treatment. The timeline for services will be over a 3-year period. Approximately 280 inmates will be served inside the detention center, and 105 individuals will participate in the community upon release.