Sen. Reeves and Rep. Tillis Announce Reentry Incentive Grant Program, which aims to reduce recidivism in Tennessee jails, will serve Marshall County
NASHVILLE – State Senator Shane Reeves (R-Murfreesboro) and Representative Rick Tillis (R-Lewisburg) said today that the South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance which is a consortium that serves Marshall County has been awarded a $250,000 grant under a new pilot program which aims to reduce recidivism. The grant came from legislation supported by Reeves and Tillis last year authorizing $1 million to fund successful reentry pilot programs in four Tennessee counties.
The South Central Tennessee Alliance is a consortium which serves Maury, Wayne, Lawrence, Giles, Lewis, Perry and Hickman Counties.
“I am very pleased that these funds will be going to support a program serving Marshall County to reduce recidivism,” said Sen. Reeves. “We need effective programs that will help us identify and formulate better policies to get these prisoners on the right track as they return to society. The program can then be scaled throughout the state as part of our criminal justice reform efforts.”
Tennessee’s felon inmate population has grown by 11.7 percent over the past five years, with approximately 22,000 inmates housed in state prisons and another 8,000 felons held in county jails. Ninety percent of these inmates will leave prison and return to society after serving time behind bars. Approximately 76,000 are on probation, parole or in community supervision programs.
Tillis said he believes the pilot grant program will dovetail nicely with Governor-elect Bill Lee’s criminal justice reform efforts. “We need evidence-based reentry programs which help these inmates turn their lives around and this pilot project aims to do just that. The overall goal is to reduce recidivism, make our communities safer, and save taxpayer money.”
Tennessee spends over $1 billion for corrections or 6.74 percent of the state’s budget. It is the fifth largest line item in the budget.