WH Lists Prisoner Re-Entry Programs as Budget Priority—for Black Families Only

Melanie Hunter, CNS News, October 16, 2012

The White House’s fiscal year 2013 budget includes $831 million for Department of Justice prisoner re-entry programs, which are designed to help inmates who have been released from prison find a job and to reduce recidivism rate.

Take a look at the Obama White House’s Office of Management and Budget, and you’ll find the program is mentioned under the fact sheet on key issues titled, “An Economy Built to Last and Security for African American Families.”

However, there is no mention of prisoner re-entry programs under any other header—not under the fact sheet on middle class familiesLatino familiesAsian-American families, or giving a hand up to low-income families.

The program began in 2004 under the George W. Bush administration as a way to help ex-prisoners by linking them with faith-based and community institutions to help them find work.

According to an archived version of the Bush White House website page, $25 million was originally allocated to the program, which was jointly funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, the Department of Justice, and various private organizations.

Fast-forward to the Obama administration, and the program has ballooned to $831 million, including $80 million for grant assistance under the Second Chance Act, which Bush signed into law on April 9, 2008.

The Second Chance Act “authorizes federal grants to government agencies and nonprofit organizations to provide employment assistance, substance abuse treatment, housing, family programming, mentoring, victims support, and other services that can help reduce recidivism.”


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  • Puggg

    Obama is associating prisoner with black?

    Where would he get a crazy idea like that?

    Answer:  By paying attention.

  • JackKrak

    I have no problem with this.

    Can we start putting welfare, Head Start, Obama phones, etc. under the same budget heading?

    •  Really?  You have NO problem with essentially setting $831 million in tax payer dollars on fire?  This is one of the biggest wastes of  federal spending and wealth redistribution I have ever seen.  No wonder blacks go to prison, it pays!

      • JackKrak

        I have no problem with filing it under “Black”, not with more money-vomiting from DC

      • Michael C. Scott

        If we were merely setting cash on fire, that would be a major improvement.

  • Jed Sant Devi

    The opportunities for the hateful and extreme Fed. Govt. to permanently implement their virulent anti White privilege pogroms through systemic bias, institutional racism, and structural inequity against us are endless.

    One advantage they will gain from the budget consequences of the 16 trillion national debt’s annual service payments is that even they will agree that “cuts must be made” on the backs of Whites.  The Tea Party can’t save entitlements for Whites, because we will be the voting minority and  our votes will be cancelled out by Double Diversity voting become de rigeur as a “proven method to implement social and economic justice for the oppressed and marginalized”.

    An with demographic change, their is no political recourse for us- no power for Whites in the country founded by Whites.   Just suffering, but will the families of the Brown v. Board Court and the Civil Rights suffer as well?

    Yes, inevitably. Most of us are young enough to live to 2050, so we will see the Justice To Come for the descendants of traitors, and it will come…

    The Time Of Reckoning Will Reckon Hard.


  • Most or a large portion of this funding, as with most jobs/training/life skills social service  programs, simply pays staff salaries and overhead for the agencies and non-profits that run the programs.  It’s basically just a jobs program for (mostly) black females.

  • JohnEngelman

    The criminal is a useless, worthless, dangerous human being. Society would be better off if he had never been born. He does not deserve to go to the front of the employment line before those who have obeyed the law. He has debts to pay society. 

  •  it’s a _budget priority_ for Black families.  Basically, the Democrats have decided to tailor their propaganda in a race-based manner.

    What if Republicans had one set of talking points for Black families and another set of talking points for middle class families?

  • Is there anyone who thinks Romney will have the spine to eliminate this spending?  

  • John Bonham

     Let me guess, hhmm ,laboratory chemist ..criminal Umm, Methamphetamine manufacturing ?  Do I have that about right ?  Why are you so hurt at what John Engelman Wrote ? I found myself in prison not once but twice and I AGREE with him .. the difference with I and any other of the criminals as the ones in the story “blacks”, Is that I wanted and did change.. They don’t , and never will no matter how much money you throw at them .. It’s embedded in their DNA ..  Me ? I doing well now, I work for an excellent company and have 5 men answering to me.. Course, that was after I went back to night school to get a certain license .. Just be glad that you’re not one of the other criminals and you have a willingness to change .. You’re doing good now ?? Good , take no offense to John and what he believes unless you still think you’re a criminal, with a criminal mind.. In that case forget whatever I just said..

    • Michael C. Scott

      No, extortion after I was cheated out of patent money.

      My FBI file also says “firearms expert”, “explosives expert” and “ex-mercenary”.

      I never wanted anything to do with drugs or druggies, and I may be the only one in the last 50 years to graduate from the University of California system without having smoked marijuana.

  • IKantunderstand

    Umm, I think it would be far more economical to offer these Blacks 100,000  to move to Liberia, or Nigeria or the Congo. Come on, we are talking 831 million dollars. How many Negroes could we resettle into Africa for that amount of money? Think about it: American Negroes who are mostly an admixture of White, going to the Dark Continent, where they must be smarter than the native population. Why not enlist the help of Black Americans, who so completely identify with Africa? Jay-Z to the Congo, along with his lovely wife, Beyonce! Think of the difference they could make in the Congo!! Oh, and what about P Diddy or whatever his name is.. Stop acting White, P, can’t you come up with an Afro centric way to spend your money? Instead of channeling Jay Gatsby? You know, a fictional character, but who you secretly hope to emulate. Come on Black people of America! You are our only hope! If you guys can’t invigorate Africa, who can? And if you can’t help Afro- Americans, again, who can? You hate White people, but seem to be completely incapable of defining yourselves as a people of any worth. How much longer must we hold your hands? Hey Black people, you claim you are our equals. PROVE IT.

  • RisingReich

    Grants for substance abuse treatment?  Unless you’re part of a rare still intact large company group insurance plan, most policies deliberately exclude these types of services.