Mercury News: $470K request for East Palo Alto to help youth offenders clears a hurdle

July 5, 2010
In The News

Bonnie Eslinger discusses Rep. Eshoo's recent work to help youth find jobs and get back on track in the July 5, 2010 San Jose Mercury News:


East Palo Alto officials received some good news last week: A $470,000 funding request for a new program to help juvenile offenders find jobs or return to school after they're released from custody cleared its first hurdle.

The House Appropriations Subcommittee approved spending for the program, called the East Palo Alto Youth Parolee Reentry Initiative, U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, announced.


"The East Palo Alto Parolee Reentry Program has already been successful in lowering recidivism and crime in the community," Eshoo said in a written statement. "The Youth Initiative will build off that program's success."


The program would aim to reduce recidivism rates by providing training and services to 150 youths on parole. They would be given access to counseling, substance abuse treatment, GED classes, tutoring and job training, according to a program outline.

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