The Employment and Training Administration houses the Reintegration of Ex-Offenders (RExO) Program, which consists of a portfolio of grant projects providing pre- and post-release services to both eligible youth and adult offender populations.
The RExO program provides funding, authorized as Pilot and Demonstration Projects under Section 171, of the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) of 1998 to develop guidance to the public workforce system on how best to serve this population within the guidelines of our regulatory authority. These pilots and demonstration projects are designed to test the effectiveness of successful models and practices found in community and faith-based environments and other government systems, but have not been tested for its adaptability in the public workforce system. It is our goal to develop strategies and partnerships that will facilitate the implementation of successful programs at the state and local levels that will reduce recidivism and improve the workforce outcomes for ex-offenders.
RExO is designed to strengthen communities through projects that incorporate mentoring, job training, education, legal aid services, and other comprehensive transitional services.
Grants are awarded through a competitive process open to any nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) status, unit of state or local government, or any Indian and Native American entity eligible for grants under Workforce Investment Act Section 166 in areas with high poverty and crime rates that meet the requirements of the solicitations.Click here to view current RExO grant recipients