Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $596,369)
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 proposed Sandusky County Reentry Task Force initiative will target 125 juvenile offenders who will be enrolled into the program prior to their eighteenth birthday. The program will target youth who are assessed/classified as high risk, housed within the Sandusky County Juvenile Detention Center and who are returning to Sandusky County.The recognition of the multifaceted needs and problems of offenders in correctional programs by the Reentry Task Force will assist staff and community social institutions to become more directly involved with the offender, justice system, and correctional facility staff. The key factor is to strengthen and institutionalize the partnership with educational institutions, community organizations, the family, mental health agencies, drug and alcohol treatment centers, employment and training programs, the faith community, business associations, and employers.