McDonnell Announces Funding For Prisoner Re-Entry
Yesterday Governor Bob McDonnell Announced 1.5 million dollars in new funding for Virginia’s Prisoner Re-Entry program. Craig Carper reports.
Banci Tewolde, who was appointed by Governor McDonnell as the Commonwealth’s first Prisoner Re-Entry Coordinator, secured 750 thousand dollars in federal grant funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, a part of the Second Chance Prisoner Re-Entry Initiative. The funds will be matched by an additional 750 thousand dollars from the state and participating localities, and will go toward education and job training, as well as mental health and substance abuse programs, among others.
John Buckovich, Deputy Secretary of Public Safety, said effective prisoner re-entry programs are smart public policy.
Buckovich: Ninety-five percent of our inmates are gonna get out. If we can provide inmates resources to get jobs, to get housing, that reduces the chances that they will reoffend, which certainly reduces the crime rate and makes the community safer.
The funds will go to six regions of the state that have established prisoner re-entry services for those leaving jail. These include the Richmond, Charlottesville and Fredericksburg Metro areas and 14 localities in Southwest Virginia.
The Commonwealth also received 440 thousand dollars in separate smaller federal grants for targeted projects, including a women’s re-entry program in Southwest Virginia and a court-based re-entry initiative in Norfolk.
Craig Carper, WCVE News, Capitol Square