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STAR Program (Supporting Transitions and Reentry)

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $850,000)

Program Abstract

Essex County Sheriff’s Department

STAR (Supporting Transitions and Re-entry)



The ECSD is requesting $850,000.00 in Byrne Discretionary Community Project Funding for the proposed STAR (Supporting Transitions and Re-entry Program).  ECSD seeks to support the STAR program goal, objectives and performance deliverables through the proposed program.  The program will serve all of Essex County and surrounding communities in Massachusetts.

STAR Program is community based programming built on proven and evidence-based practices that will include; client assessment, intensive case management, individualized and customizable treatment planning and client access to the collective resources of our criminal justice and community-based partnerships. The STAR Program will provide non-custodial support and supervision to justice-involved individuals with a long history of challenges centered around addiction, mental health, co-occurring disorders and other related issues that negatively affect their ability to access community-based resources.  As evidenced by our internal programming offerings, the ECSD understands that the combination of treatment and case management holds the greatest promise for successfully reducing recidivism and creating opportunities for clients to realize a successful transition to their home communities. It is our interest to take our existing expertise and create a novel and proactive approach to offender reentry that can be replicated across the county.  

Overarching Goal:


ECSD looks to reduce recidivism rate by 15% for 650 participants through the STAR Program (Supporting Transitions and Reentry) by providing enhanced community-based services for men and women including post-release (sentenced and pretrial), justice-involved living in the community, and those stipulated by either probation or parole with the overall goal of reducing recidivism and providing individuals the tools and supports to be positively engaged in their community.



All outcome data from the STAR Program will be shared with BJA through quarterly reporting and Performance Measurement Tool reporting.

Date Created: July 26, 2022