Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $190,000)
As many as 100,000 youth younger than 18 years old are released from juvenile correctional facilities every year. These young people often return to their communities with complex needs, such as physical and behavioral health issues and barriers to education and employment. The FY 2015 Second Chance Act Smart on Juvenile Justice: Community Supervision Program will provide planning grants to state and local government agencies and federally recognized Native American/Alaskan Native tribes to support their efforts to develop and finalize a comprehensive juvenile community supervision reform strategic plan that will implement evidence-based supervision strategies to reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for juveniles under community supervision.
The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) will further advance reentry reforms across the state. DCJS state's Juvenile Reentry Strategic Plan will address the need for increased local level coordination and juvenile reentry challenges unique to upstate New York. DCJS will partner with Kids Oneida, a non-profit with extensive experience facilitating cross-system collaboration, developing and leading evidence-based juvenile reentry programs grounded in best practices, and engaging state, regional and local stakeholders in reforms across Upstate New York. The geographic target area includes: Herkimer, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Otsego, and Oswego Counties, and the target population includes all youth from these six counties returning from placements due to juvenile delinquency.