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Labor Department Sending $7.5 Million to Help Prisoner-Reentry Projects in Florida

July 18, 2019 - 8:30am
Marco Rubio and Charlie Crist
Marco Rubio and Charlie Crist

The U.S. Department of Labor announced this week it will be send $7.5 million in Reentry Project grants to the Sunshine State. 

The grants will go to programs helping former criminals who have been imprisoned and are now reentering society and the workforce, including grants for former prisoners between the ages of 18-24 who have not graduated from high school. 

The Labor Department will send $4.5 million to AMIkids Inc. in Tampa to help young adults in Pensacola, Miami-Dade, Pinellas and Lee Counties. Gang Alternative Inc. in Miami is getting $3 million to help adults in Miami and young adults in Fort Lauderdale reenter society.  

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., helped secure these funds when he sat on the U.S Senate Appropriations Committee last year. He weighed in on the funds on Wednesday. 

“I’m pleased to see that funds I secured on behalf of Florida as a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee are going to assist several organizations to uplift our Florida communities,” Rubio said.

U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., noted that AMIKids has helped around 135,000 young people leave the juvenile system and reenter society in nine states. He also showcased AMIKids Pinellas Center for Personal Growth in Pinellas Park which has helped more than 5,000 students through its Day Treatment program which was founded back in 1972. 

“Everyone deserves a second chance - especially our children,” Crist said on Wednesday. “This $4.5 million grant will allow our community to help bridge the gap for troubled youth, connecting them to the support and mentorship opportunities they need to rebound and ultimately thrive. 

"AMIKids is a terrific resource for children and families throughout the Tampa Bay area, providing crucial interventions to break children out of harmful patterns and environments. I am grateful to see our government investing in change-makers like AMIKids, who are dedicated to moving our youth towards a brighter future," Crist added. 


Thank you Marco Rubio and Charlie Crist for supporting Re-entry efforts in Florida for returning citizens. After serving time and accepting responsibility for their actions people need support and rehabilitation to reduce rates of recidivism and to keep our communities safe. I join your efforts in Advocating for Safer Communities and Criminal Justice Reform and Rehabilitation.

Thank You, Senator Rubio... I am very pleased with Your Service in the U.S. Senate... You, Sir are doing a Fine Job for Florida and America.... God Bless You and your Staff.....

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I hope these released criminals are told who to thank for their release and especially for their "second chance" via programs to help them reenter society and obtain good jobs: None other than our President Donald J. Trump, a proud Republican. For all the hype and lies the Dems have put out for decades about them being the party to help the minorities and other labeled downtrodden, it took a Republican to actually do something to give these released criminals an alternative to recidivism. Thanks to Rubio and Crist for their efforts in supporting our President's agenda item concerning Prison Reform. You notice that no where in this article is President Trump given credit for spearheading this reform. Figures.

Seriously, how much assistance is Hillary going to need when she gets out of prison?

JUST AS I THOUGHT, AND PREDICTED: We're "freeing" convicted felons from prison, AND THEN, paying their MONETARY-debt-to-society with CITIZEN TAXPAYER FUNDS... (just so Democrats hope they'll vote for THEM !... THE very politicians that put MANY of them in prison in the first place (Remember Democrat Nelson Rockefeller's mandatory 'drug laws' begun 5 decades ago?!?)

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