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Reforming Reentry Practices in Virginia: Implementation Phase I

Award Information

Award #
2015-CZ-BX-0030
Location
Congressional District
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2015
Total funding (to date)
$976,471

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.

CA/NCF

OJJDP's Juvenile Justice System Improvement Grants program was established to provide grants and cooperative agreements to organizations that provide programs and services critical to the mission of OJJDP, and organizations that OJJDP has selected for funds in prior years. This program will be authorized by an Act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice.

The Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) continues to significantly improve outcomes for youth and their families, reducing rearrests and reconviction rates, and supporting an overall transformation of their reentry policies and practices. The DJJ has established two broad, system-level goals that will use evidence and data to guide policies, programs, and practices, and develop a coordinated, family-centered approach to case planning, case management, and service delivery. In order to reach these goals, one of DJJ’s strategies is to develop and implement a consistent and better coordinated family and community-driven reentry planning process. DJJ has completed an initial draft of the agency’s “Reentry and Intervention Manual,” which reflects the key policy and practice reform areas identified during the planning process. With additional funds from OJJDP, DJJ will:

•Strengthen the implementation of the Youth Assessment and Screening Instrument across the reentry continuum.
•Expand and enhance the use of evidence-based programs.
•Develop and implement a coordinated community-driven reentry planning process.
•Create opportunities for increased family contact and engagement.
•Identify housing opportunities for youth returning to the community.
•Implement an employment match program to partner with community-based employers to increase job opportunities for youth returning to the community.
•Pilot test the Reentry and Intervention manual with probation and parole staff statewide.
•Finalize the Reentry and Intervention manual based on information learned from the pilot test and implement the manual statewide in June 2016.
•Develop and deliver training on the Reentry and Intervention Manual to staff statewide.

NCA/NCF

Date Created: September 29, 2015