Doing time, rebuilding lives in Worcester County
Saturday, January 24, 2015 - Fitchburg Sentinel
FITCHBURG -- The phrase of the day at Friday's press conference in the Worcester County Sheriff's Office was "smart on crime." The sheriff's office just received a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to help inmates re-enter society without falling back into a life of crime, the largest such grant the county has ever received. The Enhanced Re-entry Program grant was matched with $375,000 from The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts and $421,580 from the sheriff's office to create a $1.5 million program. Read more...
Worcester sheriff gets grant to help inmates
Saturday, January 24, 2015 - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
WEST BOYLSTON — The Worcester County Sheriff's Office accepted what officials say is the largest federal grant award they've ever received, with a plan to use nearly $750,000 to better inmates during their time behind bars. The Bureau of Justice Assistance awarded a Second Chance Act "Enhanced Re-entry Program" grant to the sheriff's office totaling $749,924 to improve the facility's programs for re-entry into the community. The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts will donate $375,000 toward a match required by the grant. The sheriff's office has pledged $421,580 as well, bringing the total to more than $1.5 million. The Worcester County office was one of seven to receive the federal Second Chance award nationwide. Read more...
Worcester schools reduce high suspension rate
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
WORCESTER — For the first time in eight years, the Worcester public schools have an out-of-school suspension rate that is less than double the state average, with administrators Wednesday announcing a grant they hope will lead to systemic change and continued progress. Read more...
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