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Indiana Second Chance Juvenile Reentry Project (IN-SCJRP)

Award Information

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Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $732,389)

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.

The Indiana Department of Correction-Division of Youth Services (IDYS) will provide reentry support and services to approximately 141 youth incarcerated in the IDYS facilities that have been assessed by the IDYS Risk Assessment tool as being high risk or very high risk offenders and returning home to Marion County, Indiana. Working in concert with local, federal and other state agencies, this project will implement a juvenile transitional program that, beginning during incarceration, connects those being released to Marion County with needed community-based services including education, employment, family counseling, housing, and provides ongoing intensive monitoring post-release to ensure the success of those connections and assess progress and additional needs.

An existing reentry program for youth and families will be enhanced and expanded by allowing service providers to begin working with the youth in the IDYS facilities and with the family in the home at the time of the youth's commitment with an added mentoring component. Additionally, to address the issue of the higher likelihood of re-arrest in the critical period immediately following release from a facility, the youth would report to the AIM Reentry Academy for the first month after release. While at the Academy, youth will receive intensive support while participating in a series of life-skills and job readiness classes, receive educational, employment, housing assistance and be connected with community-based services. CA/NCF

OJJDP's Demonstration Programs Division Grants were established to provide grants, cooperative agreements, and other assistance to organizations. This program is authorized by the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2011, Pub. L. 112-110.

During year 1 of the Indiana SCA Juvenile Demonstration project, 129 youth and families were provided services in juvenile facilities and the community. Services included: multisystemic home-based therapy, mentoring, life skills and job readiness training, placement assistance and day academy services. For the second year of the project, the Indiana Department of Correction aims to expand the project to serve an additional 42 Marion County high-risk youth who are incarcerated. The overall goal of the Indiana Juvenile Reentry Demonstration Project is to reduce the likelihood that youth are re-incarcerated once they have successfully reintegrated into the community. Objectives include: improving the transition of youth back to their home by providing multi-systemic therapy; reducing barriers through direct assistance with transition issues such as ensuring all participants have a state issued ID or driver's license and at least 60% are enrolled in an educational/vocational program or employed. In addition, all youth will be matched with adult mentors. The project will also develop a system of long-term community supports that will continue after the youth have completed the formal parts of the program.


Date Created: September 13, 2010