Criminal Justice Council Announces Funding for Reentry Programs

WILMINGTON, Del. – Delaware has an astounding need for successful reentry programs and services. Attorney General Matt Denn and Criminal Justice Council Executive Director Christian Kervick are pleased to announce that workshops will be held in early August to explain to non-profit groups how they can apply for grants from $2 million that has been set aside to support community-based efforts to reduce recidivism among adults and juveniles released from Delaware correctional facilities.

The workshops will be hosted by the Criminal Justice Council on August 3 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Dover Police Department (400 South Queen Street), and on August 4 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Goodwill Center in Wilmington (300 East Lea Boulevard).  To register for either event, please go to the CJC’s event’s page.

The workshops will also be videotaped for interested non-profit groups that cannot attend either workshop, and the videos will be posted on the web sites of both the Delaware Department of Justice and the Delaware Criminal Justice Council.

Grants will be available in amounts up to $150,000, and for periods of up to two years.  The structure of the solicitation is designed to ensure that funds are available both to larger organizations with a history of receiving and spending grant monies, and smaller qualified organizations that may not have an extensive history of receiving grants.

About 97% of the inmate population will be released to the community. Bridging the gap in resources is crucial for the success of the reentry process.  These funds are being made available to improve the lives of all Delaware’s citizens.

More information is available on the Criminal Justice Council’s Open Solicitations page on their website.  Concept papers must be submitted by September 2, 2016.

Please contact Valarie Tickle with any questions about this new funding program. Ms. Tickle may be reached at 302-577-5030.