The vast majority of the approximately 10,000 individuals returning to the community from prison each week lack the education and skills required for even entry-level employment. Research from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) indicates a link between academic failure and delinquency, violence and crime. Those reentering the community after incarceration face a system of silos between corrections, education and the workforce system. This contract seeks to support reentry education models based on the best available evidence and theory and building on Department work in this area.
The Department awarded demonstration grants to nine community organizations. This contract provides technical assistance to these grantees to increase information sharing and enhance outcomes. New Editions serves as a member of the team to provide meeting planning and logistical support as well as disability expertise. We coordinate the meeting logistics to host discussions among the nine grantees that will inform technical assistance activities and improve information sharing across the grantees. We also develop and deliver technical assistance to facilitate meeting the needs of individuals with diagnosed and undiagnosed disabilities, offering webinars and web-based resources to ensure identification of individual’s needs and access to appropriate services to promote success.