Ex-offender re-entry program receives $250,000 federal grant

Friday, Dec. 15, 2006

Prince George's County has received a $250,000 federal appropriation to expand programs available for ex-offenders who are trying to make a peaceful return to society.

U.S. Rep. Albert Wynn (D) of Mitchellville submitted a budget request for the program, and it was approved for fiscal year 2007. The funds will be administered through Prince George's State's Attorney Glenn Ivey’s office.

‘‘We’re very excited about this program. Prisoner re-entry is not something that people talk a lot about. I am happy to be passing the buck — or rather the check — to the state’s attorney’s office. The hope with this program is to stop a cycle that just creates career criminals,” Wynn said.

Wynn presented the check to Ivey at a ceremony Thursday at the Believers Worship Center in Forestville. Also present were several local pastors and others who will be working with the ex-offender program.

‘‘There is a great deal of leadership in our faith community. This appropriation is a powerful reminder of the challenges of this kind of work,” Ivey said.

The ex-offender re-entry program will pool its resources with those of other local agencies. A centralized service center will be constructed on Silver Hill Road, and a re-entry services guide will be produced.

‘‘With this kind of help, we can meet the challenges of re-integrating these people into society head on,” said project coordinator Daryl Carrington.