DOJ, HUD Dole Out $1.75 Million to Pay For Jobs, Housing for ‘Justice-Involved’ Youth

By Penny Starr | April 26, 2016 | 12:55pm EDT
A motivational poster hangs on the wall as prisoners stand at attention while being processed for intake at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, in Jackson, Ga. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

(CNSNews.com) - As part of “National Reentry Week” (April 24-30), the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced on Monday $1.75 million will be given to public housing and non-profit legal groups to help youth who are released from incarceration – or “justice-involved” youth -- find jobs and housing.

“Under the Juvenile Reentry Assistance Program (JRAP), funded through the department’s Second Chance Act funds, HUD and the Department of Justice are teaming up to help young Americans who’ve paid their debt to society rehabilitate and reintegrate back into their communities,” the press release said.

“The future of our nation depends upon the future of our young people – including young people who have become involved with our justice system,” Attorney General Lynch said in a statement about the funding. “By helping justice-involved youth find decent jobs and stable housing after they return home, these critical grants provide a foundation for a fresh start and offer a path towards productivity and purpose.

In what seemed like an acknowledgement of the waning Obama presidency, Lynch said this effort will take place “in the months ahead” and that DOJ “will continue helping justice-involved youth enrich their lives and improve our country.”

“Reconnecting young people who've paid their debt to society to decent jobs and housing allows them to turn the page and become active, productive members of their communities,” HUD Secretary Julian Castro. “These grants offer a helping hand to those who deserve a second chance so they have a real opportunity to reach their full potential.”

As reported earlier by CNSNews.com, Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to President Barack Obama, said in remarks at the White House on Monday that 600,000 people leave prison each year, but the recidivism rate is "enormous."

"So we have a collective responsibility … to improve our communities,” Jarrett said. “And it's everything from early childhood education, to breaking the school to prison pipeline, to breaking the sexual assault to prison pipeline -- to insuring that every child gets a fair shot."

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