Federal funds help jail inmates re-enter community

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PORTLAND — A $650,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice will enable the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office to provide services, including counseling, monitoring, and support to find work and housing, to jail inmates as they return to the community.

The “Project Reentry” program will begin accepting new clients in the new round of a program established in 2014, Cumberland County spokesman Travis Kennedy said in a press release.

The three-year grant will allow the Cumberland County Jail to work with Through These Doors; Co-Occurring Collaborative Serving ME; Maine Pretrial Services; Catholic Charities of Maine; Goodwill Industries of Northern New England; University of New England, and the Office of Probation and Parole to assist inmates with substance use disorders and mental illnesses while they are serving sentences and for up to ninth months after release, Kennedy said.

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