Amos House awarded $1M grant for collaborative post-incarceration re-entry program

AMOS HOUSE received a $1 million federal grant to establish the Rhode Island Re-entry Collaborative, an effort of five local organizations to reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for Rhode Islanders who are transitioning back to civilian life following incarceration.
AMOS HOUSE received a $1 million federal grant to establish the Rhode Island Re-entry Collaborative, an effort of five local organizations to reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for Rhode Islanders who are transitioning back to civilian life following incarceration.

PROVIDENCE – Amos House was awarded $1 million by the U.S. Department of Justice to provide comprehensive re-entry services for people returning to their communities following incarceration, the nonprofit announced Wednesday.

The money comes from the Office of Justice Program’s 2018 Second Chance Act grant initiative.

The funds will allow Amos House to establish the Rhode Island Re-entry Collaborative, which will be a joint operation of five Providence-area organizations, including Amos House, designed to offer “comprehensive re-entry services” to formerly incarcerated Rhode Islanders.

Amos House will work with the Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights at The Miriam Hospital, the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence, OpenDoors, and the Re-entry Campus Program to establish the program. The project will also seek counsel from the National Re-entry Resource Center during the implementation and life of the grant program.

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Amos House said the program will implement and expand programs that have strong partnerships with parole, probation and law enforcement agencies, as well as other re-entry service providers.

“This project will build on the efforts of Rhode Island’s Department of Corrections, aligning the work of all partners to offer opportunities for men and women who re-enter our community after incarceration. We know that there is much work to be done to improve the re-entry process, and we are excited that this grant will allow for that focus,” said Eileen Hayes, Amos House president and CEO, in a statement.

The $1 million grant was one of 15 such grants, for a combined $14.8 million, for fiscal 2018 awarded for what the OJP designated as “Category 1: Community-Based Adult Re-entry” programs.

The Second Chance Act is designed to reduce recidivism rates in communities and improve outcomes for the formerly incarcerated.

Chris Bergenheim is the PBN web editor. Email him at Bergenheim@PBN.com.