BOSTON (AP) - The U.S. Labor Department is giving Massachusetts an $11.7 million grant for a project to increase employment and reduce repeat crimes for men leaving the state's juvenile justice system.
The grant will first go to serve 535 men ages 16-22 in Chelsea and Springfield who are leaving the juvenile justice system. It will provide education and pre-vocational training to help them get jobs.
The funding, announced by Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey, is from the Workforce Innovation Fund. It's part of a program called Pay for Success.
Warren says the grant will help young men at risk for going back to jail build the skills they need to succeed.