Worcester County gets $750K to reduce recidivism

January 18, 2015
A program aimed at decreasing the rate at which former Worcester County prisoners go back to jail will get a boost with a $750,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice. The grant will fund pre-release and post release re-entry services, including substance abuse treatment, vocational training, cognitive-behavioral therapy, mental health counseling, anger management and education, among others, according to the office of Sheriff Lewis G. Evangelidis. The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts has committed $375,000 for two years as the cash match to the federal grant. The federal grant sets a benchmark of a 50% reduction in recidivism over five years.