2013-10-10


Fitzgerald Announces Funding to Continue Efforts to Reduce Recidivism

 

Jail Collaborative Will Use Nearly $614,000 Grant to Provide Job Training for Inmates 

PITTSBURGH – Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald today announced that the Jail Collaborative has received $613,946 from the U.S. Department of Justice to provide technical training and support for inmates to earn certificates toward careers in the energy industry. The funding will allow 100 incarcerated men and women to pursue post-release careers in positions that include Industrial Maintenance Technician, Production Technician, Renewable Energy Technician, and Energy Engineering Technician.

– Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald today announced that the Jail Collaborative has received $613,946 from the U.S. Department of Justice to provide technical training and support for inmates to earn certificates toward careers in the energy industry. The funding will allow 100 incarcerated men and women to pursue post-release careers in positions that include Industrial Maintenance Technician, Production Technician, Renewable Energy Technician, and Energy Engineering Technician.

“It is exciting to once again see Allegheny County rewarded for its efforts to reduce recidivism,” said Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald. “It was funding from the Department of Justice that helped establish our successful Reentry Program, and now this additional funding is an important reinvestment in that program, as those aided will have the skills they need to find decent employment after incarceration.”

Through this new project, “Career Tech,” an inmate will begin technical training a year prior to his or her release, which will carry through to post-release training. This training will occur alongside the other supportive services and case management already in place as part of the Reentry Program. The project will use a “Pay for Success” model, leveraging a fund provided by investing foundations to reward successful outcomes, based on metrics that will be developed in partnership with the Urban Institute.

“By developing a ‘Pay for Success’ model, the Jail Collaborative has added a level of accountability to the project,” said Allegheny County Human Services Director Marc Cherna. “We’re extremely grateful for the support of the Department of Justice, the foundation community and the Urban Institute. But ultimately, the success of Career Tech depends on those who take part in it.”

The Jail Collaborative is a cooperative effort of the Allegheny County Jail, Department of Human Services, Allegheny County Health Department, and the Court of Common Pleas. It was formed in 1999 with the purpose of improving public safety, reducing recidivism, and increasing success for inmates following incarceration.  

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