Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $750,000)
The Second Chance Act 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. The FY 2013 Second Chance Act Juvenile 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. CATEGORY 2: Implementation Projects must include specific strategies for implementing the ten Mandatory Requirements of a Comprehensive Reentry Program.
The City of Los Angeles was known as the Gang Capital of the World from 1970 until 2010 with a documented 450 gangs with 45,000 members. Fifty-percent or more of the total population of juveniles and young adults in contact with the law throughout Los Angeles County are affiliated with gangs and 45% reside in the City of Los Angeles (the City). The City's Juvenile Reentry program will be managed by the Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD), and will focus on gang-involved youth ages 14-18 re-entering designated communities from Juvenile Hall or Probation Camp detention. GRYD designed and oversaw the implementation of a comprehensive strategy in communities impacted by gang violence and the Gang Zone concept was created to provide intensive and comprehensive services to these zones. The GYRD Second Chance Act program will: 1) enroll 25% of youth aged 14-18 in or highly at risk for joining gangs in the Intervention and Case Management from Juvenile Hall/Juvenile Hall Schools or Probation Camp to deter from gang and delinquent activity as measured by the GYRD Social Embeddedness Tool; 2) monitor and ensure that 75% of 100% of juveniles aged 14-18 who are gang involved successfully enroll in school ad 60% remain in school and complete terms of Probation; 3) reduce recidivism by 50% at a rate of 10% per year; and 4) manage and evaluate the effectiveness of GYRD re-entry by hiring staff and/or contractors. GYRD will use targeted family-based case management geared toward at-risk youth aged 14-18; assess youth with the Social Embeddedness Tool for risk factors; and utilize referrals to other agencies and community partners to provide intensive and comprehensive services to reentry program participants. CA/NCF