The Grundy County Sheriff’s Office has received notice of a grant awarded from the Office of Criminal Justice Programs in the amount of $195,000. The grant is a for three-year project that focuses on Pre-Release Case Management for inmates. The program concentrates on job readiness, soft skills, education, and self-awareness to reduce recidivism.
“This is an unprecedented accomplishment for the Sheriff’s Office and this county,” stated Sheriff Clint Shrum. Never have we had this kind of opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life. This is a testament to the desire of those that want to change their lives and the willingness of our staff to help them.”
The grant application was a collaborative effort between the Sheriff’s Office, staff, and the VISTA partnership at the University of the South. Using base-line date from 2014-2016, the agency developed a problem statement and a proposed solution to bring to those who are incarcerated for a period of 60 days or longer.
“This is a very exhaustive and comprehensive program that gives those who are incarcerated the opportunity to get back on track,” commented Shrum. The Sheriff said the program kicks off July 1, and full implementation will be around September 1.