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Las Vegas program for ex-prisoners gets $3M in grants

Updated June 26, 2018 - 4:56 pm

The Department of Labor awarded $3 million in grants Tuesday to a Las Vegas organization that helps former prisoners integrate back into society.

The grants given to the Las Vegas-based Foundation for an Independent Tomorrow were part of $84.4 million total the department gave to reentry projects across the U.S., according to a press release.

Foundation for an Independent Tomorrow was the only organization in Nevada to receive a grant. It received $1.5 million to help young adults and $1.5 million to help adults over the age of 25.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta visited a different reentry program in Las Vegas on Tuesday. Acosta went to HOPE for Prisoners to talk with organizers and former prisoners about the program.

“When someone’s finished with their prison term the best thing for them is to find a pathway for a job; the best thing for society is for them to find a pathway to a job because it reduces recidivism,” he said afterward.

Contact Katelyn Newberg at knewberg@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0240. Follow @k_newberg on Twitter.

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