Altamont, Tenn. – The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded $588,352 by the Bureau of Justice Administration to expand its current inmate enrollment program. The program is entitled “Correctional Adult Reentry Education, Employment and Recidivism Reduction Strategies” (CAREERS) is designed to implement or expand education and employment programs that emphasize strong partnerships with corrections, parole, probation, education, workforce development, and reentry service. “I’m excited about the possibilities that exist with this funding,” Grundy County Sheriff Clint Shrum continued, “This is an unprecedented achievement for this county and the Sheriff’s Office. Our program was built from the ground up with original ideas and minimal financial investment. Our reentry team has worked hard and stayed committed to the mission of ensuring those who are incarcerated cand get on the right path and stay,” Shrum said.
The grant research and submission took nearly three months to develop and is the culmination of the success of the first four years of the program. Project Director Alicia Shadwick explained, “This funding gives us the ability to provide more services and impact a greater number of those who are incarcerated.” The funding distribution will take place over the next three years.