Montgomery County commissioners are hoping to start a project aimed at reducing the recidivism rate among former county inmates.
The commissioners this week approved submitting a grant application for $185,000 to the Department of Justice, via the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. The money would be added to $270,000 in state workforce development funds.
The commissioners are "cautiously optimistic" that they will get the grant money, said communications director Frank X. Custer.
If their optimism is rewarded, the money will help pay for a 12-month pilot program at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility that would provide services and training such as job readiness, career counseling, assessment and training, job placement and retention.