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Delaware provides $2 million grant funding for nonprofits battling recidivism

By Mark Iandolo | Jul 22, 2016

DOVER, Del. (Legal Newsline) – Delaware Attorney General Matt Denn announced that the state has set aside $2 million for community-based efforts aimed at reducing recidivism among adults and juveniles released from Delaware correctional facilities. Denn noted that workshops will be held in August to help nonprofits apply for grants.

The money comes from the Department of Justice after an agreement of the General Assembly’s Joint Finance Committee.

The workshops will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 3, and Thursday, Aug. 4. The first will be at the Dover Police Department, 400 S. Queen St., in Dover, while the second will be at the Goodwill Center, 300 E. Lea Blvd., in Wilmington.

“Re-entry programs are a critical part of our state’s broader effort to reduce violent crime,” Denn said. “This is by far the largest new state investment in community-based re-entry programs in at least a decade.”

Denn noted that the platform will help keep established non-profits afloat while also providing an opportunity for new programs to grow.

“We are grateful to have the Criminal Justice Council’s expert assistance in overseeing the awarding and spending of these funds,” Denn said.

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