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Santa Clara County awarded $750K grant

Grant to help reintegrate troubled youth back into community

The U.S. Justice Department has awarded Santa Clara County a $750,000 "Second Chance" grant to help reintegrate youth from the Enhanced Rehabilitation Ranch program back into the community.

The highly competitive grant from the Justice Department's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention will provide a range of services including housing, substance abuse treatment, psychological treatment, vocational and educational training, officials said.

County officials said the grant would allow the Reentry Assistance Program to offer services to high-risk offenders who are currently ineligible for them.

"We have invested in rehabilitating our youth who have committed serious offenses. Once we send them home and they are challenged to practice what they learned, we cannot give up or think our job is done," said Santa Clara County Supervisor George Shirakawa in a prepared statement.

"Their successful re-entry back into our neighborhoods keeps the community safer."

— Bay City News Service

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