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A few months back The Department of Labor and Justice announced the availability of approximately $12 million in grants to provide "workforce development and support services" to formerly incarcerated females as they move out of prison and back into their communities. The Justice Department says "If people are unable to secure jobs when they are released from incarceration, they cannot support themselves or their families – and there’s an increased chance that they will return to a life of crime," The blog also noted that for participants in the Labor Department’s Reintegration of Ex-Offenders program, the recidivism rate is just 14 percent -- far lower than the national average. Thousands of formerly incarcerated nonviolent offenders are routinely denied access to employment, housing, education, public benefits and jury duty.
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