Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $448,566)
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 Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and Families, Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services provides programming statewide to youth who have been adjudicated delinquent and ordered by the court to receive services. Delaware plans to enhance the Parenting with Love and Limits Program and add a level of sanctions via an evening reporting center to reduce recidivism by 50%. The target population is 175 youth re-entering New Castle County from an in-state out of home placement. The goal is to provide the juveniles with evidence based services. These services will address the needs based on a re-entry plan that includes a risk/needs assessment. Measurable objectives include the following: re-arrest rates will be reduced by 20%, replacement will be reduced by 10%, 70% of youth involved will complete the program, and 85% of the youth will attend family counseling sessions at least one time per month. Services will be most intensive at the time of release. Vision Quest Services begin while youth are still in secure facilities and remain in place for 6 months to respond to transitional needs. The Delaware Statistics and Analysis Center provides recidivism data and analysis for this project.