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MontCo Seeks Grant for Inmate Re-Entry Program

Montgomery County Commissioners approved an application for $185,000 in federal grant funds for the program.

 

Montgomery County Commissioners are seeking a grant to fund a 12-month pilot program for the Montgomery County Correctional Facility to help inmates find gainful employment after being released.

According to a press release from Montgomery County, 62 percent of inmates in Montgomery County return to prison.

“The recidivism rate, while better than the national average, is too high,” said Josh Shapiro, chairman of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners. “And we need to do something about it.”

This week, the commissioners approved the application for a $185,000 federal grant that would supplement $270,00 in state workforce development funds.

The program will include job readiness, classroom instruction, individual career counseling, assessment and training, job placement and employment retention support, according to Warden Julio Algarin.

“The more we can do to help the people be successful when they leave prison, to be able to reacclimatize to life, to get a job, to be able to care for their families and to avoid having to go back to prison, that’s the goal of this initiative,” Shapiro said.

The program will begin with 15 prescreened participants, and will add participants every quarter going forward.

patchsux February 09, 2013 at 12:17 AM
these programs exist now and have for some time and have made very little difference. most of them dont want to work, and section 8 and foods stamps makes there really be no reason to work Dont waste tax payers money
Lorraine613 February 10, 2013 at 02:44 PM
Great! Using more taxpaper's money for these bums. I am so angry! Does it occur to anyone that these criminals don't want to work. They want to continue doing the same things (example, drugs) that landed them there in the first place. This is after learning that Montgomery County Victim Service's budget has been cut drastically! Really? What is wrong with this picture. How about changing Act 84 so that the victim can collect restitution while they are in prison. How about putting money into means of going after these bums who owe victims their restitution. They get free lawyers for being criminals while the victims cannot get free lawyers to help them. How is it that that these criminals (like burglers) can know where the victim lives but their information on getting out of prison is "confidential". Unbelievable! This system needs TO CHANGE FAST!
lisa February 12, 2013 at 03:01 AM
Lorraine 613 u have no idea what ur talking about. There are some of us who have been in jail or had drug problems who used the programs the county had to help themselves. So until u walk in my shoes or anyone elses keep your comments to yourself. Yes there are some people who abuse the system but. Some truly want to better themselves. It is people like you it what is wrong with this world.
Ashlee Graser June 02, 2014 at 10:37 PM
Thank you Lisa for being understanding. As a fiancé of an addict who's been struggling for about a year to get out of the montgomery county probation system and start a new life; I am really excited that my fiancé has this opportunity to learn a trade and get a real job because finding a job on probation is not very easy for him. He's filled out applications all over our area and has had no luck which makes his addiction worse. If you give these opportunities to the right people it benefits everyone in the long run. I agree, some inmates don't want help but I have had enough experience with the types of guys like my fiancé (they're the ones he actually associates with in MCCF) to know there are inmates in there who want to straighten out and are not that bad stereotype. It's people like Lorraine who either had a bad experiences or none at all with this situation (like my own family for example) who don't understand. It's an uphill and stressful battle for their loved ones on the outside and the last thing they need is negativity like that. They get enough as it is. Take a walk in someone else's shoes before you judge please. I'm only commenting because I'm currently awaiting him to go on work release and for his (now 5 months) to end. We have an unexpected baby on the way and he's really made serious positive steps forward. EVERY family deserves a chance at a successful . How dare you criticize mine. Nobody's perfect, and I don't love him for his problems. I love him because we share something that every family has, love.
Ashlee Graser June 02, 2014 at 10:39 PM
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