Program gets $1 million federal grant to mentor ex-cons

An Indianapolis not-for-profit is receiving a $1 million Department of Justice grant to mentor released prison inmates who are mothers and fathers.

Volunteers of America of Indiana Inc. said Thursday the program will serve 250 adults being released from prison and jail and re-entering society in Indianapolis and surrounding Boone, Hancock, Hendricks, Hamilton and Morgan counties.

The agency said it will recruit and train 300 adult volunteer mentors to work with the released prisoners.

U.S. Rep. Andre Carson wrote a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder urging support for the grant and asking that Volunteers of America of Indiana receive the requested funding.

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