- Associated Press - Monday, July 4, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A new program in Rhode Island is getting a $500,000 federal grant to help people being released from prison find jobs and reintegrate into the community.

The Providence/Cranston Workforce Development Board will use the U.S. Department of Labor grant to launch the RHODES to Employment Program.

The program will provide work readiness, career counseling, employment, educational and case management services for people who will soon be released from the Adult Correctional Institution in Cranston to reduce recidivism.

They can continue to use the services after their release.

About 120 participants will be selected based on need.

The state’s congressional delegation recently announced the funding.

U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Rhode Island Democrat, says people who have paid their debt to society should have opportunities to successfully transition to the workforce.

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