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Department of Education Announces "Promoting Reentry Success through Continuity of Educational Opportunities"; Adult Education Providers Eligible to Apply for Funding; Applications Due December 26
Nov 19, 2012

The U.S. Department of Education has today a new, nearly $1 million grant fund titled, "Promoting Reentry Success through Continuity of Educational Opportunities" (PRSCEO), that will invest in innovative programs preparing incarcerated individuals to successfully reenter society with the support of education and workforce training. Eligible applicants include adult education providers partnering to connect education in state correctional facilities with local communities.

PRSCEO provides an important opportunity for applicants to create new approaches and improvements for existing rehabilitation services. Every year, more than 700,000 incarcerated individuals leave federal and state prisons. Yet, existing policies and programs too often fail to prepare released prisoners to reenter society, leading 4 of every 10 to commit new crimes or violate terms of their release within 3 years. Failure to support successful rehabilitation costs states more than $50 billion annually.

The announcement was made today during a Department-hosted Correctional Education Summit that gathered outside experts engaged in developing innovations to improve educational opportunities for youth and adults in secure confinement facilities. In conjunction with the event, the Department released a new Reentry Education Model guidance document. Guidance outlined in the reentry model offers evidence-based improvements to support individuals leaving prison to successfully transition back into society through education and career advancement.

Applications will be accepted until December 26, 2013. The Department anticipates awarding 2 to 4 grants ranging from $200,000 to $400,000. Awards will be made in January 2013

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Also see:
Employment and Training Administration's Reintegration of Ex-Offenders - Adult Program (RExO) Webpage