Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $741,949)
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.
This project is structured to implement key pieces of New York State's Juvenile Re-entry Strategic Plan in order to reduce recidivism among youth returning from placement. Approximately 130 youth across three counties will be targeted for service. The project has three main components. First, each county will convene a local juvenile re-entry task force to begin re-entry planning, while youth are still in placement. Service providers will be brought to the table to develop re-entry plans for youth. Planning focuses on stable housing and appropriate educational transition components. The second part of the project includes using wrap around funds to further stabilize youth and their families. Finally, each site will implement pro-social supports for youth. These supports begin while the youth are in placement and continue while they transition to the community. Progress will be measured by following the number of youth served, the number of youth who engage in pro-social activities, level of school engagement and the percentage of youth who are re-adjudicated for delinquency.