Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $50,000)
The Second Chance Act of 2007 (Pub. L. 110-199) provides a comprehensive response to the increasing number of incarcerated adults and juveniles who are released from prison, jail, and juvenile residential facilities and are returning to their communities. Approximately 100,000 youthful offenders are confined in juvenile residential facilities on any given day. The FY 2011 Second Chance Act Juvenile Offender Reentry Program helps ensure that the transition the youth make from secure confinement facilities to the community is successful and promotes public safety. A secure confinement facility may include a juvenile detention center, juvenile correctional facility, or staff-secure facility. Eligible juveniles must have been confined under juvenile court jurisdiction. This program is authorized by the Second Chance Act, Pub. L. 110-199, (42 U.S.C. § 3797w). The Second Chance Act authorizes grants to states, territories, units of local government and federally-recognized Indian tribal governments for demonstration projects to promote the safe and successful reintegration into the community of individuals who have been incarcerated or detained.
The City of Los Angeles, Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa's Office of Gang Reduction & Youth Development (GRYD), coordinates and oversees all gang-related prevention, intervention, and reentry services funded by the City. This program will identify gang-affiliated juvenile offenders ages 10-17 housed in any of the Los Angeles County Probation facilities for service provision to ensure a successful transition back into their South Los Angeles communities. The project aims to: 1) establish a Reentry Task Force comprised of stakeholders to develop a long-term reentry strategic plan for the city of Los Angeles; 2) continue development of a reentry strategic plan that describes the City's long-term reentry strategy: pre-release services for a period of 4-6 months for gang-affiliated incarcerated juvenile offenders ages 10-17 with documented street gang affiliations; post-release services for families of juvenile offenders ages 10-15 and individualized case management and reentry services for juvenile offenders ages 16-17; and 3) measure the effectiveness of the long-term reentry project. CA/NCF