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High Risk Juvenile Offender Comprehensive Reentry Program for Virginia Youth

Award Information

Award #
2010-CZ-BX-0073
Location
Congressional District
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2010
Total funding (to date)
$1,350,000

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $675,000)

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 Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) will serve parolees up to the age of 21 who are considered at high risk for reoffending. The target population will be approximately 120 high risk parolees from multiple localities in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia including the cities of Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Norfolk, Suffolk, Newport News, and Hampton, and the counties of Southampton and Isle of Wight. In 2009, these jurisdictions accounted for 213 new commitments and had a total of 231 offenders released to the community from state custody. This represented approximately 30 percent of Virginia's statewide committed population.

Virginia's reentry initiative will be a joint project between DJJ and the Tidewater Youth Services Commission (TYSC). TYSC is a regional public agency located in Portsmouth, Virginia, and the lead local juvenile services provider. TYSC will develop, provide, and coordinate delivery of a full range of services in collaboration with other key stakeholders in coordination with Tidewater Juvenile Reentry Task Force. This project will incorporate five elements into a case management system: risk assessment and classification, individualized case planning that incorporates family and community, a mix of intensive monitoring and services, links with community resources and social networks, and a balance of graduated incentives and consequences. Based on the needs of the individual parolee, additional services will be provided including the following: apartment support program, aggression replacement training, workforce readiness skills development, substance abuse treatment, individual mental health counseling, aftercare/recovery management, family interventions, and sex offender treatment services.

DJJ has a comprehensive statewide management information system, the Juvenile Tracking System (JTS), which is configured to address the performance measurement requirements for this project. The case management component of JTS includes the following information about juvenile parolees: the results of pre-release assessment of risk and needs, service delivery from pre-release through community supervision phases, tracking of contacts with the parole officer, and annual assessment of recidivism.

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.

The Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice (VDJJ) has partnered with Tidewater Youth Services Commission (TYSC) to implement the Tidewater Re-entry Initiative for juvenile offenders committed to DJJ from seven Court Service Units (CSUs) with high risk indicators. The target areas include the cities of Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Portsmouth, Norfolk, Newport News, Hampton, Franklin, and Suffolk, and the counties of Southampton and Isle of Wight. A continuum of services will be provided both pre- and post-release to juvenile offenders who were under 18 years when committed to DJJ. The VDJJ will provide coordinated and evidence-based services to 118 high risk juvenile offenders. Performance measurements will include the number of juveniles enrolled in the program and those who successfully complete the program and are released from parole supervision. VDJJ has an automated data collection system that will collect information on the treatment needs and characteristics of youth involved with the juvenile justice system, recidivism, and other information about juvenile parolees. This includes their status at the time of release from supervision and educational, vocational, housing, and substance use services delivered in addition to those provided in both the pre-release, institutional and post-release, community supervision phases, and contacts with the parole officer and family members.
CA/NCF

OJJDP's Demonstration Programs Continuation Grants program was established to provide grants and cooperative agreements to organizations that OJJDP has selected for funds in prior years. This program will be authorized by an Act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice.

The Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) has partnered with Tidewater Youth Services Commission (TYSC) to implement the Tidewater Reentry Initiative for juvenile offenders committed to DJJ from seven CSUs with high risk indicators. The initiative serves high and moderate risk parolees up to the age of 21 from multiple localities in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia. The project will use a regional approach in which localities can cooperate and reach efficiencies of scale in the delivery of services. It will also demonstrate how state departments of juvenile justice can partner with local resources in carrying out reentry initiatives. The Youth Assessment and Screening Instrument (YASI) will be used to assess the risk, needs, and protective factors of each participant.

Data about services delivered and the offender's adjustment to both incarceration and reentry will be collected. Each year, DJJ produces its annual Data Resource Guide that includes information on the treatment needs and characteristics of offenders involved with the juvenile justice system. Comprehensive recidivism statistics (including tracking adult offending) are included. DJJ's comprehensive statewide management information system is configured to address the data collection needs for this initiative.

CA/NCF

Date Created: August 30, 2010