MBRC awarded $1M federal grant to improve community-based re-entry services

Friday, November 30, 2018

SIKESTON — A nonprofit agency based in Sikeston has been awarded a $1 million federal grant was awarded a $1,000,000 federal grant to improve re-entry services for men returning to their communities after incarceration.

Missouri Bootheel Regional Consortium is a part of the 2018 Second Chance Act grant program funded and administered by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs.

As a 2018 Second Chance Act grantee, Missouri Bootheel Regional Consortium will support the following project goals to improve safety by reducing future criminal offenses, reduce the recidivism rate of ex-offenders and have re-entry participants become self-supporting, productive citizens, according to MBRC.

“We look forward to working with our partners in assisting the men who often face challenges in transitioning back into the community,” said Cynthia Dean, CEO Missouri Bootheel Regional Consortium.

The Sikeston agency will work closely with the National Reentry Resource Center—the nation’s primary source of information and guidance on re-entry—throughout the planning and implementation of the grant program.

The Second Chance Act Comprehensive Community-Based Adult Reentry program supports organizations and tribal communities that provide comprehensive re-entry services to program participants throughout the transition from jail or prison to the community, including implementing or expanding reentry programs that have strong partnerships with corrections, parole, probation, and law enforcement agencies, as well as other reentry service providers.

Second Chance Act grants support state, local, and tribal governments and nonprofit organizations in their work to reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for people returning to their communities from state and federal prisons, local jails, and juvenile facilities. Since 2009, more than 840 awards have been made to grantees across 49 states, which have served an estimated 164,000 people to date.

To learn more about the Second Chance Act and read other information and resources related to reentry, visit NationalReentryResourceCenter.org.

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