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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Awards $3.8 Million for Emerging Adults Reentry Initiatives

Grant funding supports nonprofits committed to advancing public safety and reducing recidivism
For immediate release:
4/13/2021
  • Office of Grants and Research
  • Executive Office of Public Safety and Security

Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Awards $3.8 Million for Emerging Adults Reentry Initiatives

Timothy McGuirk, Deputy Director of Communications

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BostonToday, the Baker-Polito Administration announced $3.8 million in grant funding as part of the Emerging Adults Reentry Initiative Grant Program, which brings nonprofit organizations together with correctional agencies to advance public safety and reduce recidivism across the Commonwealth.

“Our administration recognizes the knowledge and experience that community-based organizations bring in helping returning citizens navigate reentry,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Their collaboration with public safety leaders demonstrates the importance of collaboration in improving outcomes for individuals and communities alike.”    

Funded by Chapter 227 of the Massachusetts Acts of 2020, An Act Making Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2021, these grants will fund six initiatives for individuals between the ages of 18 and 25, before and after their release from state or county facilities, as well as an additional grant award to provide technical assistance and oversight to primary grant recipients. South Shore Workforce Development, Inc. will prepare participants for building trade occupations. UTEC, in partnership with the Essex and Middlesex Sheriffs’ Departments as well as the Massachusetts Department of Correction, will offer counseling, educational, life skills and workforce development activities within a developmentally appropriate setting. Roca will serve emerging adults who require higher levels of service.

“Preventing recidivism is a key component in ensuring public safety,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “The partner agencies selected for these grants provide essential support to address the challenges that returning citizens face, and our administration is grateful for their participation in this important work.” 

“The innovative programs undertaken by these grant recipients strengthen our ongoing work to provide meaningful alternatives to criminal conduct,” said Public Safety and Security Secretary Thomas Turco. “Our team at the Office of Grants and Research remains deeply committed to supporting the best solutions to public safety challenges while managing state funds responsibly.”     

Each grant recipient completed a competitive grants process managed by the Office of Grants and Research (OGR) within the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (EOPSS).

The grant recipients include:

South Shore Workforce Development, Inc.
South Shore Workforce Development Inc. will prepare emerging adults reentering their communities for building trade occupations that include laborers and painters in Plymouth County.
Award Amount: $600,000

UTEC and Department of Correction
This project is designed to align programming that creates a bridge from confinement into the community, including counseling, educational, life skills and workforce development activities within a developmentally appropriate setting. The target population will be high-risk, emerging adults who have been incarcerated at the Department of Correction and returning to the Merrimack Valley area.
Award Amount: $600,000

UTEC in partnership with the Essex County Sheriff’s Department
This project is designed to align programming that creates a bridge from confinement into the community, including counseling, educational, life skills and workforce development activities within a developmentally appropriate setting. The target population will be high-risk, emerging adults who have been incarcerated at the Essex Sheriff’s Office and returning to the Merrimack Valley area (specifically, Lawrence and Haverhill).
Award Amount: $600,000

UTEC in partnership with the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Department
This project is designed to align programming that creates a bridge from confinement into the community, including counseling, educational, life skills and workforce development activities within a developmentally appropriate setting. The target population will be high-risk, emerging adults who have been incarcerated at the Middlesex Sheriff’s Department and returning to the Merrimack Valley area (specifically, Lowell).
Award Amount: $600,000

Roca in partnership with the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department
The Hampden County Emerging Adult Reentry Initiative (HC-EARI) is designed to serve emerging adults requiring higher levels of service.
Award Amount: $650,000

Roca in partnership with the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department
The Suffolk County Emerging Adult Reentry Initiative (SC-EARI) is designed to serve emerging adults requiring higher levels of service.
Award Amount: $650,000

UTEC in partnership with the Training Center for Excellence (TC4E)
UTEC’s TC4E will serve as the single point of contact for the management of the reentry grant for all six of the Emerging Adults Reentry Initiative grantees. UTEC, in partnership with Health Resources in Action and others, will provide evaluation tools, including support for data entry, collection, and analysis.
Award Amount: $100,000

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Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Awards $3.8 Million for Emerging Adults Reentry Initiatives

Office of Grants and Research 

The Office of Grants and Research oversees the distribution and administration of grants, and conducts research, related to criminal justice, anti-drug and violence prevention education, law enforcement and traffic safety. The Office is divided into four divisions: Justice and Prevention, Highway Safety, Homeland Security and Research and Policy Analysis, which maintains the Massachusetts Statistical Analysis Center.

Executive Office of Public Safety and Security 

EOPSS is responsible for the policy development and budgetary oversight of its secretariat agencies, independent programs, and several boards which aid in crime prevention, homeland security preparedness, and ensuring the safety of residents and visitors in the Commonwealth.
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