U.S. Department of Justice: Second Chance Act Two-Phase Juvenile Reentry Demonstration Program: Planning and Implementation
The purpose of this solicitation is to support demonstration projects to improve juvenile reentry outcomes. The objectives of this reentry process are to provide youth with services and supervision in both confinement and the community—based on and matched to their assessed risks and criminogenic needs—that support their successful reentry. Youths’ reentry plans should reflect specific and ongoing prerelease and post-release needs and a strategy for ensuring these needs are met throughout the reentry process in ways that reflect what the research demonstrates improves youth reentry outcomes.
The target population for the initiative must be a specific medium- to high-risk subset of the population of individuals currently held in secure confinement facilities, such as a juvenile detention center, juvenile correctional facility, or staff-secure facility. Applicants must identify and define the specific subset of juveniles or combination of subsets that they propose for the target population of their project. Targeted youth must be confined under the custody of a local or state juvenile correctional agency and admitted to the program prior to their 18th birthday. However, award recipients may continue to implement a juvenile reentry plan for these individuals beyond their 18th birthday.
- Include a juvenile reentry strategic plan that describes the jurisdiction’s long-term reentry strategy, including measurable annual and 5-year performance outcomes relating to the long-term goals of increasing public safety and reducing recidivism. One goal of the plan shall be a 50 percent reduction in the rate of recidivism over a 5-year period.
- Include a detailed juvenile reentry implementation schedule and sustainability plan for the program.
- Document the establishment of a juvenile reentry task force comprised of state, tribal, territorial, or local leaders and representatives of relevant agencies, service providers, nonprofit organizations, and other key stakeholders.
- Discuss the role of government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and community stakeholders that the applicant will coordinate and collaborate with on the juvenile reentry strategy and certification of the involvement of such agencies and organizations. Participants in the creation of the strategy should include representatives from public safety, corrections, housing (including partnerships with public housing authorities), health, education, substance abuse, children and families, victims’ services, employment, and business.
- Provide evidence of collaboration with state, tribal, and local government health, mental health, housing, child welfare, education, substance abuse, victims services, child support, and employment services, and local law enforcement agencies.
- Discuss the role of state and tribal corrections departments, community corrections agencies, and local secure confinement systems in ensuring successful reentry of juveniles into their communities. Applications must include letters of support from corrections officials at facilities or individuals to be served through this project.
- Document the explicit support of the chief executive officer of the applicant state, unit of local government, territory, or Indian tribe and how this office will remain informed and connected to the activities of the project.
- Describe the evidence-based methodology and outcome measures that the applicant will use to evaluate the program and a discussion of how the applicant will use such measurements to assess the impact of the program.
- Describe how the project could be broadly replicated if demonstrated to be effective.
- Include a plan for the analysis of the statutory, regulatory, rules-based, and practice-based hurdles to reintegration of juveniles into the community.
Priority consideration will be given to applicants that focus the initiative on geographic areas with a disproportionate population of offenders released from juvenile facilities, provide for an independent evaluation of reentry programs that include, to the maximum extent possible, random assignment and controlled studies to determine their effectiveness, and/or target high-risk offenders for reentry programs through validated assessment tools (among other priority consideration factors as discussed in the solicitation).
Amount: Up to 15 awards will be made for as much as $750,000 each. The initial award period will be 24 months with the possibility of no-cost extensions. Applicants may use the first six months as a planning period.
Eligibility: Eligible applicants are limited to states (including territories), units of local government, and federally recognized tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior).
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