The U.S. Justice Department has awarded a grant of more than $820,000 to support the city’s NOLA For Life re-entry program, an initiative intended to keep newly released prisoners from committing new crimes.

The funding stems from federal legislation designed to smooth the transition of adults and youths being released from prisons and returning to their communities.

NOLA for Life, Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s campaign to reduce New Orleans’ murder rate, includes a re-entry program that offers job training and other social services to former prisoners in an effort to reduce recidivism.

In a statement, Landrieu said the grant “will help New Orleans reduce the likelihood of criminals re-offending, thereby continuing the progress we’re making in reducing the city’s jail population.”