Lautenberg, Menendez Announce More Than $130K To Support Community Safety Initiatives

Lautenberg, Menendez Announce More Than $130K To Support Community Safety Initiatives

Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor Will Aid Job-Training and Mentoring Programs Aimed at Reducing Inmate Recidivism

Washington - Today, U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) announced today that the U.S. Department of Labor will award the New Jersey Department of Corrections more than $130,000 in federal funds to help support the agency's job training and mentoring programs. The federal funds will be used as part of a range of initiatives to help former prisoners find employment and reintegrate into their communities.

"These funds are crucial in the effort to help ensure prisoners a safe, secure and productive reentry into the workforce," said Sen. Lautenberg. "Our residents, our economy and our state all benefit from programs like these to help individuals make the transition back home."

"It is proven that programs like these not only train prisoners to find jobs and become productive citizens after serving their sentences but also save the state money by improving the productivity of their citizens and lowering the chances that these individuals will commit crimes in the future," said Sen. Menendez. "These funds will promote safety and the economy in our state."

The funding is part of the Fiscal Year 2008 Department of Justice Prisoner Re-entry Initiative, and is administered by the Labor Department's Employment and Training Administration. The New Jersey Department of Corrections, located in Trenton, will use the $130,434 to support on-the-job training, basic skills remediation, counseling, case management, mentoring and other re-entry services.

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