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Wisconsin Going Home Project

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)
Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2002, $2,000,000)

The Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative Discretionary Grant Program was developed through a federal partnership by the Departments of Justice, Labor, Health and Human Service, Education, Housing and Urban Development, Commerce, Veterans Affairs and Agriculture. The federal partners' goal is to help state and local agencies navigate the complex field of existing state formula and block grants and to assist them in accessing, redeploying and leveraging those resources to support the components of a comprehensive reentry program. In addition to the new funding, the federal partners are identifying funds from their respective agencies that are already available to state and local agencies to provide the necessary services to implement a reentry program.

The Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative Discretionary Grant Program is designed to provide funding to state and local units of government to develop and implement institutional and community corrections-based offender reentry programs through collaborative partnerships with government, social service, faith-based, and community organizations, in order to reduce recidivism, increase public safety, and successfully reintegrate offenders back into the community. Reentry programs must be sustained for a 36month period and are required to partner with a state adult or juvenile correctional agency.

The Wisconsin Department of Corrections (WDOC) intends to utilize its FY 2002 Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Grant to enhance and expand existing reentry services, through a collaborative partnership with various state and local correctional, law enforcement, employment, social services, educational, and housing agencies, as well as community and faith-based organizations. Wisconsin's initiative will provide institutional and community-based transition services to youthful offenders ages 14 to 25, returning to the community from the jurisdiction of the Department of Correction's, Division of Juvenile Corrections. Geographic areas to be targeted include Milwaukee and Brown Counties.

The WDOC's Reentry program will consist of a comprehensive, continuum of transitional services which include job training and placement, educational services, vocational assistance, substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, medical assistance, restitution, community service, housing assistance, community support services, mentoring, life skills training, day reporting center services, supervised community aftercare, and intensive case management.


Date Created: July 21, 2002