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New Reentry Toolkit and Education Framework

Posted on 05/13/2016

The U.S. Department of Education, in partnership with the Justice Department's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, has just awarded four prisoner reentry grants totaling $5.7 million. It has also issued a new reentry toolkit External link opens in new window or tab of resources to improve outcomes for students formerly incarcerated. The grants have gone to Portland Community College (OR), Saint Paul Public Schools (MN), Shelby County Board of Education (TN), and the School District of Philadelphia (PA). They focus on career and technical education, reentry services, and student job training activities that build on existing efforts of the four grantees to improve youth reentry. The initiative is part of the Obama Administration's National Reentry Week External link opens in new window or tab. The toolkit is intended for anyone working on youth and adult education prisoner reentry. It includes guidelines and other resources to help provider groups implement the Department's Reentry Education Framework External link opens in new window or tab consisting of activities to help inmates transition in and out of the corrections system, pursue education services and college in a career pathways context, and move in and out of community-based programs. The long-term goal is to help the beneficiaries achieve long-term employment in work that pays a living wage.

Source: National Council for Adult Learning, Newsletter External link opens in new window or tab Issue #13, April 29, 2016