Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $520,000)
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 Alameda County Probation Department (ACPD) is the lead agency for the Juvenile Reentry Project (JRP) with two respected community-based organizations as co-applicants: the Mentoring Center (TMC) and Youth UpRising (YU). The JRP will be staffed by two full-time Deputy Probation officers and staff from the two co-applicants. The first stage, "Detention", involves: assessment of each participant's risks and needs within a week of identification and detention placement, development of an Individualized Reentry Plan (IRP) with the cooperation of the participant, and placement in a cognitive behavioral interventions program. The second stage, "Reentry", entails: placement in a program prior to reentry where participants will receive intensive pre-release services and support in employment training, education, housing, and benefits from partner staff. The third stage, "Community", involves: immediate placement in the intensive reentry program at Youth Uprising where participants will be involved in reentry related activities 40% to 70% of their time. Participants will be paired with a Deputy Probation Officer and partner staff member from the initial identification through successful completion of the first year post reentry. After participants complete one year post-reentry, the ACPD will track their progress for an additional two years in an extended database. In addition, the JRP will initiate and coordinate the Juvenile Reentry Task Force, a governing body of high level policy makers in the juvenile reentry arena.