State Receives Grant to Work with Federal Inmates in Memphis
Tennessee Office of Reentry to Provide Employment Assistance with Federal Funding
The Tennessee Office of Reentry (TOOR) will soon begin working with federal inmates returning to communities in the Memphis area. The office, which is part of the state’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development, will assist justice-involved individuals in reentering Tennessee’s workforce in an effort to curb recidivism.
TOOR will receive $6.7 million in federal funding over four years through the Partnerships for Reentry Opportunities in Workforce Development (PROWD) grant. The money, $4.4 million from the U.S. Department of Justice and $2.3 million from the U.S. Department of Labor, will allow TOOR to provide employment services to federally incarcerated individuals returning to Memphis.
Through PROWD, TOOR will improve employment outcomes for individuals directly impacted by the justice system, strengthen communities by reducing recidivism, and increase the capacity of justice and workforce system partnerships.
“When we started the Tennessee Office of Reentry in 2021, we focused on assisting justice-involved individuals from our county jails and state penitentiaries in overcoming barriers to employment,” said Dr. William Arnold, TOOR Director. “Partnering with PROWD allows TOOR to expand its reach to individuals in the federal incarceration system and therefore have a broader, national impact by providing successful workforce-based reentry strategies and partnerships. It is truly a game changer.”