The Roy & Patricia Disney Family Foundation provided $150,000 in grant funding to the state Department of Justice for a Los Angeles-based recidivism reduction project, it was announced Thursday.
“To be ‘smart on crime,’ we must build upon innovative approaches that reduce recidivism and keep our communities safe by helping former offenders rebuild their lives,” state Attorney General Kamala D. Harris said.
“With this generous funding, my office will continue our efforts to connect participants in the Back on Track-LA program with comprehensive resources, both before and after they are released from jail to help them avoid reentering our criminal justice system,” she said.
The Back on Track-LA program delivers reentry services needed for a transition from in-custody to out-of-custody life, focusing on the period in which offenders are most likely to commit another crime.
The grant funds will allow the program to continue providing case management services and reentry kits, which contain clothing, shoes and toiletries, to program participants upon their release from jail, often without any resources.
Participants in the pilot program consist of non-serious, non-violent and non-sexual crime offenders between the ages of 18 and 60, with the average age being 37.
The program includes four training tracks: cognitive behavior training, education — academic and career-technical — life skills and reentry training.
The program also provides participants with individualized case management, child support, family reunification and health services, and assistance in obtaining necessary government-issued documents, such as birth certificates, social security cards and California identification cards.
The initiative is led by the state DOJ, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s and Probation departments, and other public and private-sector partners.
–City News Service