United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced that nearly $60 million in Department of Justice grants is available to help communities address public safety by supporting the successful reentry of adult and juvenile offenders who have served their prison sentences.
The funding is available through the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), the federal government’s source of public safety funding and crime victim assistance in state, local, and tribal jurisdictions.
“Providing offenders who have paid their debt to society with functional ways to reintegrate into their communities is an important piece of the Department’s strategy for promoting public safety,” said U.S. Attorney McSwain. “And what we have learned from our District’s reentry program – Supervision to Aid Reentry (STAR) – is that these programs work. For example, in our District, statistics show that the recidivism and revocation rates of offenders who graduate from the STAR program are significantly lower than offenders residing in our District who did not participate in the program.”