Sacramento County Gets $750K Second Chance Grant for Automotive Training

Data show that individuals diagnosed with mental heath issues tend to serve longer jail sentences, and return more often than those without mental health issues.

The federal Second Chance grants program for technology career training has awarded $750,000 to Sacramento County.

The Bureau of Justice Assistance awarded the County of Sacramento, Calif., a $750,000 Second Chance Technology-Based Career Training Program for Incarcerated Adults and Juveniles (Second Chance) grant to develop the municipality’s Automotive Technology Career Training Program .

With this opportunity, 110 moderate to high risk adult offenders can increase their chances of post-release employment in an automotive technology career. The program is focused on helping incarcerated offenders successfully re-enter the community.

Adults and juveniles will train during the six-to-36-month period before their release from prison, jail or a juvenile corrections facility. Then, they will connect with the county’s follow-up career services after release.

The Second Chance grants is a national program that supports training for tech-related jobs and transition planning. The following states and communities also received 2016 Second Chance technology training grants:

  • New York State Department of Corrections and Community Super
  • Minnesota Department of Corrections
  • Essex County Sheriff’s Department in Massachusetts
  • Arizona Department of Corrections

The Second Chance grants fund education, training, support and business community networking needs related to building or supporting recidivism tech career training programs.

Praetorian Digital provided grant assistance for this application.

For more example projects, see this 2015 Second Chance grant awards article:

Connecticut Receives $2.3M in Second Chance Act Grants to Reduce Crime

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Andrea Fox

Andrea Fox

Andrea Fox is Editor of and Senior Editor at Lexipol. She is based in Massachusetts.