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 Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration (JRA) is submitting an application for OJJDP FY 2011 Second Chance Act Juvenile Offender Reentry Program under Category 1: Planning Projects. Funds will be used to support a Washington State Reentry Task Force (WA-RTF) that will develop a sustainable Strategic Reentry Process guided by the creation of a comprehensive Reentry Planning and Implementation Guide. The WA-RTF will be organized with a diverse and collaborative team of individuals from state and local government, community and faith-based organizations, law enforcement, victim advocates, previously incarcerated individuals and family members, treatment providers and other stakeholders. The Strategic Reentry Process will incorporate the ten required components of a comprehensive reentry program and will contribute to successful transitions for all youth, through the use of evidence-based programming, ultimately reducing recidivism and increasing public safety.