Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $750,000)
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 Santa Clara County Probation Department, in partnership with community based organizations, government and public agencies, faith-based organizations, and the broader community intends to implement wraparound services to serve high risk offenders successfully exiting the Enhanced Ranch Program (ERP). The ERP is based on the tenets of the Missouri Model. A key component of this model, intensive services and supervision during reentry, is critical to successful assimilation of offenders back into the community. Santa Clara County aims to implement this element of the Missouri model through the Reentry Assistance Program (RAP).
The youth targeted for the RAP are primarily high risk offenders who have committed violent offenses against people or have multiple property and weapons felony offenses in their background. Santa Clara County's RAP will be based on an objective, evidence-based assessment utilizing the Juvenile Assessment & Inventory System (JAIS). Services will only be provided to youth if they are identified as a need by the assessment tool. While dosage will be individualized, given the target population of high risk offenders, approximately 300 hours of cognitive behavioral treatment are likely to be warranted. At the core of the RAP is the multi-disciplinary team that includes the youth, the family, probation staff, service providers, and others depending on the needs of the youth. The team creates a reentry case plan with the use of the JAIS that guides their choices. Data is collected through the Juvenile Records System and the Juvenile Automated System and provided to the evaluator to produce a final report and evaluation. Required reporting data is collected through the same systems and provided to OJJDP.