Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $748,303)
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. The FY 2014 Second Chance Act Two-Phase Juvenile Reentry Demonstration Program will help ensure that the assessments and services youth receive in secure confinement, reentry planning process, and services and supervision youth receive upon reentry promote reduced recidivism rates and improvements in positive youth outcomes.
The Criminal Justice Coordinating Council will seek to reduce recidivism by 50% in five years and improve family support for youth reentry in Lucas County, Ohio. Objectives include filling gaps in the youth reentry system pre and post-release, which will increase the identified positive youth outcomes. This project will target and serve 51 male and female youth, ages 13-17, sentenced to the Lucas County Youth Treatment Center (YTC) and returning to Lucas County, assessed at moderate to high-risk using the Ohio Youth Assessment System.
The project will enhance family services and other gaps in the established youth reentry system in Lucas County. YTC will enhance their evidence-based programs by adding two family therapists to YTC. Pre-release services will be expanded to include: parenting classes (Center of Hope Family Services), mental health and substance abuse services (A Renewed Mind), and legal assistance (Advocates for Basic Legal Equality). Current transition and post-release services, consisting of Lucas County Juvenile Court's (LCJC) Probation, the Reentry Treatment Center, and the Youth Advocates Program, will be expanded to incorporate economic stability programming (Toledo Area Ministries). CA/NCF