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Grants help those with Washington jobs break cycle of poverty

Posted on July 1, 2016

A new round of grants from the Obama administration is helping at-risk youth and incarcerated individuals with Washington jobs break cycle of poverty.

With the help of $64.5 million in grants announced by the U.S. Department of Labor, the answer for the 600,000 people released from federal and state prisons annually, millions more leaving county and local jails, and others in danger of falling into the cycle of poverty, crime and incarceration.

To address the employment and life challenges faced by many people involved with the criminal justice system, the department is awarding grants to 40 organizations providing services in 26 U.S. states and the District of Columbia through four programs – Reentry Demonstration Projects for Young Adults, Training to Work, Pathways to Justice Careers, and Linking to Employment Activities Pre-Release.

“America works best when we field a full team, but far too many people who have been involved with the criminal justice system are being left on the sidelines,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “These grants are an important step in fulfilling our promise as a land of second chances by moving beyond locking people up and instead working together to unlock their potential.”

The grants were part of a series of new actions taken to reduce recidivism and promote reintegration of formerly incarcerated individuals announced today by the Obama administration at an event hosted by the Center for American Progress. Secretary Perez joined Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Education Secretary James King, and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro at the event.

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