WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced more than $300,000 has been awarded to the Greater Cleveland Integrated Reentry Project through a competitive grant program. The new federal funds, allocated through the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Bureau of Justice Assistance Second Chance Act Mentoring Grants Program, will be used to help men and women released from prison find productive work, which will reduce crime and recidivism.

“The costs of this project are far outweighed by its benefits. It simply makes sense to reduce costly recidivism and ensure that Ohioans returning from prison lead productive and crime-free lives,” Brown said. “It’s an investment in public safety as well as fiscal prudence.”

“Thanks to the Second Chance Act Mentoring Grant from the Department of Justice, the Greater Cleveland Integrated Re-Entry Project (GCIRP) will be able to deliver a greater depth of services in this multi-sector effort to reduce the rate of recidivism in Cuyahoga County,” said President and CEO of the Center for Families and Children Sharon Sobol Jordan.  “This will enable GCIRP providers, such as Community Re-Entry, Eagle Wings Outreach, Towards Employment and PROES, to offer mentoring, employment and other supportive services to participants, assisting them in a successful transition back into our community.”

The Greater Cleveland Integrated Reentry Project will assist ex-offenders with adapting to life outside of prison, and provide them with an opportunity to become productive, law-abiding citizens in society.