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Congressman Andre Carson

Representing the 7th District of INDIANA

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Rep. Carson Helps Win Grant to Reduce Recidivism

Jul 2, 2019
Press Release

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – The Department of Labor has awarded a grant to a local organization that will help expand employment opportunities for formerly incarcerated people in the Indianapolis community.

It was announced that, beginning July 1, 2019, the agency will provide a $1.5 million Reentry Projects (RP-3) Grant to RecycleForce, an electronics recycling organization that offers employment and workforce training opportunities for returning citizens who are transitioning back into society. In April, Rep. Carson wrote a letter to officials at the Department of Labor in support of the proposed grant.

“I am incredibly pleased that RecycleForce has been awarded this vital grant to expand its efforts to offer a new beginning for returning citizens in our community, and I’m honored to have helped secure this funding” Rep. Carson said. “Statistics show that more than 65% of formerly incarcerated people who return to prison in Marion County do so because of technical violations, like the inability to find a job. With this grant, RecycleForce can help even more members of our community avoid the prison pipeline and reach a brighter future.”

RecycleForce has previously strengthened and refined its programs through support from the Department of Labor’s Enhanced Transitional Jobs Demonstration Program, which also focuses on providing opportunities to individuals recently released from prison. The organization is located in and serves the federally-designated EastIndy Promise Zone.