Newark gets $5 Million for prisoner re-entry program
Prisoner re-entry is a cornerstone of the Booker administration, with 2,300 men and women pouring into the city from prison each year, 65 percent of whom are rearrested within five years. This funding gets momentum behind a program that is desperately needed in Newark, and may turn a difficult challenge into an economic opportunity for Newarkers.
The federal government has awarded the city of Newark a $2 million grant to be used for the city’s prisoner re-entry program.
The award, which will be publicly announced today at a noon news conference in Newark, will be matched by another $3 million donation from philanthropic organizations. The $5 million in extra funding will give the city’s fledgling program a much needed boost.