New Haven program targeting recidivism gets funding boost

By Kevin Gaiss, CT News | December 4, 2023

Former Emerging Leader Dijonee Talley spoke to CT News about New Haven, Connecticut’s new P.R.E.S.S. initiative to support individuals reentering the community after incarceration.

A big boost in funding is coming down the pike to expand and grow a recidivism and violence prevention program in New Haven.

The program for re-integration, engagement, safety and support, or “P.R.E.S.S.” for short, was awarded a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice bureau of justice assistance.

“I want to call it a safety net for folks who are coming out of being incarcerated who have a history of violence, with guns, gangs, things like that,” said Dijonee Talley with New Haven’s Department of Community Resilience.

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