Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $650,000)
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. In FY 2015, OJJDP awarded planning grants to support states, local governments, and federally recognized Native American/Alaskan Native tribes and communities as they developed comprehensive juvenile community supervision strategic plans. Under this grant program, OJJDP selected FY 2015 grantees to receive awards to implement their strategic plans. This program is authorized pursuant to Section 101 of the Second Chance Act, Pub. L. No. 110-199.
In FY 2015, OJJDP awarded a planning grant to the State of Connecticut to develop a comprehensive juvenile community supervision strategic plan that would address the complex needs of high-risk youth who are returning to their communities, with the overall goal of reducing youth recidivism by 50 percent over 5 years. The Juvenile Justice Policy and Oversight Committee launched an inclusive planning process that engaged their four workgroups (diversion, recidivism, incarceration, and data sharing) and the urban areas of Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, and Waterbury. Planning prioritized strategies to strengthen continuity of care throughout the reentry process, risk assessment tools, reentry case planning, family engagement, trauma, restorative justice practices, community safety, and disproportionate minority contact throughout the system. This project strives to demonstrate how a system of wraparound prosocial supports that address the individual, criminogenic risks and needs of high-and very high-risk youth can be effective, with the ultimate goal of statewide application. OJJDP resources will leverage practice and policy changes within juvenile parole and probation, and enhance family and community engagement.