Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $822,202)
The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (PADOC) will use FY22 Smart Reentry/Smart Supervision: Category 2 funds for its “Reducing Violent Crime: Improving and Expanding Intensive Supervision Caseloads” initiative. Expanding the recently piloted Intensive Supervision Caseload (ISC) design, the project will use grant funding to:
Implement case manager positions to work with supervised individuals who have shown a propensity for violent behavior;
Coordinate with the BJA-provided technical assistance provider to implement a technological solution that will determine the most effective referrals for ISC participants;
Expand the project to additional parole districts where violence is increasing; and
Evaluate the results of the program in conjunction with the BJA technical assistance provider.
The project will achieve the below outcomes:
440 eligible individuals under supervision will participate, with 80% or more successfully completing the program;
Implementation of a new technology tool into PADOC’s existing IT environment/applications to assist in determining the most valuable referrals; and
Completion of an evaluation to determine violation and recidivism rates of participants both during and after participation in the program, as well as information on how the age, prior violations, referrals made during participation, and violations during participation correlate to long-term success.
Intended beneficiaries are individuals under state supervision who have shown involvement in violent behavior, including engaging in violent behavior or being present at other violent crimes.
The proposed service area for the project will initially be the Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Harrisburg state parole districts, which are the three districts that have the highest number of individuals under state supervision committing or being the victim of violent activities. The project will expand the ISC initiative to two of the seven additional state parole districts identified as having the highest increases in violent crime.
This proposal meets the criteria of Priority Consideration 1(A), promoting racial equity and removing barriers to access and opportunities for communities that have been historically underserved. Please see page 5 of the attached narrative.
This proposal also meets the criteria of Priority Consideration 2(B), priority for organizations with a disproportionate share of probation or parole cases in the state. Please see attached Documentation of Priority Consideration.