Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $100,000)
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.
There are four (4) major goals that the proposed juvenile reentry planning project intends to achieve: (1) provide effective educational programs and related services to enhance the educational competency of incareated; (2) establish a statewide juvenile reentry task force to integrate pre-release services (planning) in the juvenile correctional facility and post-release services (supervision and monitoring) in the community; (3) establish a central base and integrate data sources from different agencies in order to conduct comprehensive assessments on youth reentry outcome measures; and (4) employ evidence-based mothodology to analyze the impact of the juvenile reenty plan and its related services on youth reentry and post-release recidivsim.