Lucas County reentry program awarded $416,000 grant

10/7/2013
BLADE STAFF

A countywide program aimed at reducing recidivism locally was awarded a Second Chance Ace Reentry Demonstration Grant, officials said today.

The one-year grant of $416,000 was awarded to the Lucas County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council's reentry program.

Lucas County is one of only 15 communities to receive the grant, said Lucas County Commissioner Carol Contrada, chairman of the reentry subcommittee.

The Lucas County Reentry Program expects to help, at most, 100 people – those who are considered to be the most likely to reoffend or are high-risk offenders with mental health or substance-abuse issues, officials said.

Officials will work with the formerly incarcerated people to devise reentry plans, linking them to services, affordable housing, education, and jobs.