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Anchorage, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced $2,300,000 in Department of Justice grants to reduce recidivism among adults and juvenile offenders returning to their communities in Alaska after confinement. The grants, awarded by the Department’s Office of Justice Programs, are part of more than $92 million in funding to support reentry efforts throughout the United States.

These awards represent President Trump’s commitment to assisting people in America’s prisons and detention facilities who have earned the opportunity to take their places back in society.

“Former offenders are ultimately responsible for their own successes and failures, but our criminal and juvenile justice systems have an important role to play in preparing them for the obstacles that lie before them,” said OJP Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Katharine T. Sullivan. “I’m very pleased to make these resources available to help them get back on their feet and contribute to the prosperity of their communities and the betterment of our nation.”

 The reentry and recidivism reduction grants awarded will help communities develop and implement comprehensive strategies to address the challenges posed by reentry and recidivism; support reentry services for detained juveniles and incarcerated parents with children under the age of 18; and support research and evaluation programs to advance understanding about reoffending.

The following organizations received funding:

  • $900,000 was awarded to Alaska Department of Corrections through BJA’s Correctional Adult Reentry Education, Employment and Recidivism Reduction Strategies Program, to implement or expand education and employment programs that emphasize strong partnerships with corrections, parole, probation, education, workforce development and reentry service providers.
     
  • Alaska Native Justice Center was awarded $900,000 through BJA’s Improving Reentry for Adults with Substance Use Disorders Program, the to support establishing, expanding, and improving treatment for people with substance use disorders during their incarceration and reentry into the community.
     
  • $500,000 was awarded to Alaska Department of Corrections through BJA’s Statewide Adult Recidivism Reduction Strategic Plan Implementation Program, to implement strategic plans that will result in improved reentry systems and reduced recidivism.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

For a complete list of individual grant programs, award amounts, and jurisdictions that will receive funding, visit: [link to fact sheet] More information about OJP and its components can be found at www.ojp.gov.

The year 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of the Department of Justice. Learn more about the history of our agency at www.Justice.gov/Celebrating150Years

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