Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $55,000)
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. Developing a juvenile reentry system that reduces recidivism and improves positive youth outcomes is extremely challenging for even the most sophisticated tate or local juvenile correctional agency. This program will provide funding for 12-month planning grants during which time state or local-level juvenile justice agencies will convene a reentry task force and develop and finalize a comprehensive statewide juvenile reentry systems reform strategic plan. This plan will guide efforts to reduce the historical baseline recidivism rates for youth returning from confinement in state or locally run and/or managed juvenile correctional facilities. The plan will also guide efforts to reform the system to include: (1) improved assessment policies and practices, (2) a more integrated approach to prerelease services and planning and post-release services and supervision that reflects what research demonstrates improves youth outcomes, and (3) enhanced program/policy monitoring, quality assessments, implementation supports, accountability practices, and youth outcome data collection, analysis, reporting, and decision-making. When grantees complete their strategic plan, OJJDP will invite them to submit applications for implementation grants of between $1 and $2 million to implement their plans. Future funding decisions for implementation grants will be competitive and will consider the quality and comprehensiveness of the strategic plan and associated solicitation deliverables.
The Kings County Probation Department will support the local Blue Ribbon Commission as its juvenile reentry task force to develop and finalize a comprehensive reentry strategic plan to reform its current system to plan a Juvenile Day Reporting Center Program (JDRC) to 1) provide high quality educational services, substance abuse treatment and education, individual and group mental health therapy, case management, crisis intervention, social work, and any other services identified through a standardized, research-based, client-centered assessment tool; 2) create a system to identify and refer moderate to high risk youth to the JDRC; 3) improve policies and practices aimed at keeping youth out of the justice system, reducing recidivism rates; 4) use a wraparound network of services and supports for pre-release planning and ensure youth receive post-release services; 5) enhance the outcome and accountability quality assurance system for program assessment, monitoring, analysis, and continuous quality improvement; and 6) foster achievement of positive outcomes through community and school reintegration programs.
The target population for this project are youth who fall within the definitions of wardship and/or dependency and have criminal histories including multiple citations, arrests, convictions, and either enter or reenter the Juvenile Hall. CA/NCF