Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $123,753)
The Second Chance Act of 2007 (Pub. L. 110-199) provides a comprehensive response to the increasing number of people who are released from prison, jail, and juvenile residential facilities and returning to communities. There are currently over 2.3 million individuals serving time in our federal and state prisons, and millions of people cycling through local jails every year. There are approximately 94,000 youth in residential confinement within the juvenile justice system on any given day. Ninety-five percent of all offenders incarcerated today will eventually be released and will return to communities. The Second Chance Act will help ensure the transition individuals make from prison, jail, or juvenile residential facilities to the community is safe and successful.
New Jersey's juvenile corrections agency, the Juvenile Justice Commission (JJC), will enhance its reentry services to male and female juvenile sex offenders released on parole from JJC's secure institutions. This initiative will enhance these accomplishments with a more comprehensive and collaborative reentry continuum by filling a need of a higher-risk population. JJC will secure community-based, juvenile sex offender-specific therapy; enhance intra- and inter-agency reentry planning, coordination and implementation; and provide wrap around services to support the reentry case plan goals of these youth. The number of clinicians state-wide qualified to provide juvenile sex offender-specific treatment will be increased through a training program to ensure continuity and availability of services after JJC supervision ends. Grant funds will be used to contract with a provider to evaluate the impact and outcomes of the project.