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Reforming Reentry Practices in Virginia: Implementation Phase I

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $726,894)

Section 101 of the Second Chance Act authorizes the Department of Justice to award grants to state and local juvenile justice agencies to improve reentry outcomes for incarcerated youth. The Second Chance Act Program helps communities develop and implement comprehensive and collaborative strategies that address the challenges that reentry and recidivism reduction pose. The FY 2015 Second Chance Act Comprehensive Statewide Juvenile Reentry System Reform Implementation Program will provide grants to support the implementation of statewide reform plans developed under the OJJDP FY 2014 Second Chance Act Comprehensive Statewide Juvenile Reentry Systems Reform Planning Program. Awarded applicants will convene and implement the OJJDP Statewide Juvenile Reentry Systems Reform Implementation Program with their collaborative partnership teams. This program is authorized pursuant to Section 101 of the Second Chance Act, 42 U.S.C. 3797w; Pub. L. No. 110-199.

The Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) proposes to significantly improve outcomes for youth and their families that will lead to reduced rearrest and reconviction rates. To accomplish this DJJ has established two broad, system level goals: use evidence and data to guide policies, programs and practices and develop a coordinated, consistent, family-centered approach to case planning, case management and service delivery.

The DJJ also seeks to support an overall transformation of the Virginia DJJ system to include staff development, and the revision of policy and practices related to reentry. The Department proposes to provide leadership, leverage administrative support, utilize internal resources, contract for outside expertise and resources when necessary, and use rigorous data collection and reporting to hold itself and its partners accountable for results.


Date Created: September 29, 2015