Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $597,706)
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 jails, prisons, and juvenile residential facilities and are returning to communities. This program helps ensure that the transition the youth make from a secure juvenile residential facility to the community is successful and promotes public safety. A secure juvenile residential facility may include a juvenile detention center, juvenile correctional facility, or staff-secure facility. Juveniles must have been confined under juvenile court jurisdiction to be eligible under this initiative. This program is authorized by 42 USC 3797w and Public Law 110-199.
The Lancaster County Re-entry Task Force is proposing to develop a Family Advisory Committee comprised of parents and youth to inform the implementation and ongoing re-entry processes described in the grant. This will be a sub-committee of the Re-entry Task Force designed to accommodate the needs and schedules of system involved families while drawing on their experiences and expertise. The Reentry Task Force will draw from the youth and families targeted for this project, particularly those working with the Family Advocate from Families Inspiring Families, the HUB and mentoring programs. Specifically, the sub-committee will provide feedback on policies and processes developed for the various programs being proposed as well as the overall implementation plan for the grant. The subcommittee will assist in getting feedback from other families/youth in the programs on what is working and what could be improved. It is also anticipated that the subcommittee will provide valuable input into future policy work surrounding re-entry as the program moves toward sustainability.