Portman Announces $750,000 Federal Grant for Lima, Ohio Community-Based Reentry Program

December 6, 2021 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) praised the announcement that the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance awarded a grant to the Lima Urban Minority Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Outreach Program (UMADAOP), in partnership with correctional facilities and community agencies in the counties of Allen, Auglaize and Hardin, Ohio, through the FY 2021 Second Chance Act Community-Based Reentry grant program.

UMADAOP has been awarded $750,000 to expand and support cross-beneficial partnerships that leverage each organization's strengths into a person-centered care approach to reduce recidivism and combat violence by facilitating the successful reintegration of underserved adults returning from incarceration in the counties of Allen, Auglaize, and Hardin, Ohio.

“This is great news for Northwest Ohio. I applaud the Department of Justice for providing Ohio with much-needed resources to help reduce recidivism of those formerly incarnated,” said Portman. “Given the extremely concerning number of overdose deaths in the past year, programs like these play an important role in improving lives and communities and work towards addressing the demand side of this country’s drug epidemic.”

NOTE: Then-Congressman Portman originally authored the Second Chance Act, a law that supports state and local reentry programs to reduce recidivism, with the late-Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones in 2005, and it was later signed into law in 2008. In 2018, Portman’s bipartisan Second Chance Reauthorization Act, was incorporated into the First Step Act, bipartisan legislation to reform America’s criminal justice system. The Second Chance Reauthorization Act strengthened state and local grant programs to promote successful prisoner reentry and improve public safety while reducing Bureau of Prison costs and saving taxpayer dollars.