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Going Home

Award Information

Award #
2002-RE-CX-0002
Location
Awardee County
Marion
Congressional District
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2002
Total funding (to date)
$2,070,000
Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2002, $2,000,000)

The Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative Discretionary Grant Program was developed through a federal partnership by the Departments of Justice, Labor, Health and Human Service, Education, Housing and Urban Development, Commerce, Veterans Affairs and Agriculture. The federal partners' goal is to help state and local agencies navigate the complex field of existing state formula and block grants and to assist them in accessing, redeploying and leveraging those resources to support the components of a comprehensive reentry program. In addition to the new funding, the federal partners are identifying funds from their respective agencies that are already available to state and local agencies to provide the necessary services to implement a reentry program.

The Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative Grant Program is designed to provide funding to state and local units of government to develop and implement institutional and community corrections-based offender reentry programs through collaborative partnerships with government, social service, faith-based, and community organizations, in order to reduce recidivism, increase public safety, and successfully reintegrate serious and violent offenders back into the community. Reentry programs must be sustained for a 36-month period and are required to partner with a state adult or juvenile correctional agency.

The Indiana Department of Corrections (DOC) will use grant funds to develop and implement a Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Project. The Indiana "Going Home" Reentry Project will focus efforts on increasing public safety by reducing the rate of recidivism among 68 adults and 480 juveniles released to Weed and Seed neighborhoods in Marion County as well as 15 adults and 75 juveniles released to Weed and Seed in Allen County's neighborhood of southeast Fort Wayne. Through Indiana's "Going Home" Project, the Indiana DOC will partner with various service agencies to address the challenges of recidivism, substance abuse, physical and mental health, as well as to provide support in the area of workforce participation, housing, family reunification, faith based support and mentoring.

The Indiana "Going Home" Project is designed to provide 36 months of comprehensive services for offenders reentering society in a three phase process which includes 1) institutionally-based programs; 2) community-based transition; and 3) community-based long term support.

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The Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Discretionary Grant Program (Reentry) was developed through a federal partnership by the Departments of Justice, Labor, Health and Human Service, Education, Housing and Urban Development, Commerce, Veterans Affairs and Agriculture. The federal partners' goal is to help state and local agencies navigate the complex field of existing state formula and block grants and to assist them in accessing, redeploying and leveraging those resources to support the components of a comprehensive reentry program. In addition to the new funding, the
federal partners are identifying funds from their respective agencies that are already available to state and local agencies to provide the necessary services to implement a reentry program. The Reentry Program is designed to provide funding to state and local units of government to develop and
implement institutional and community corrections-based offender reentry programs through collaborative partnerships with government, social service, faith-based, and community organizations, in order to reduce recidivism, increase public safety, and successfully reintegrate serious and violent offenders back into the community. Reentry programs are required to partner with a state adult or juvenile correctional agency.

The Serious and Violent Offender Reentry Initiative in Indiana is a three-part program of which the Indiana Department of Corrections serves as the fiscal agent. The program is operational in two counties: Marion County (Indianapolis) and Allen County (Ft. Wayne). In Allen County, this supplemental funding will allow the hiring of a part time clinician to assist with mental health and substance abuse assessments for reentry participants. In Marion County, this supplemental funding will be used to contract for mental health and substance abuse services for reentry participants. It will enable the Marion County to provide for transportation assistance and supportive services for families of participants as well.

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Date Created: June 25, 2002