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Secure Approaches For Effective Reentry-Oklahoma (SAFER Oklahoma)

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $750,000)

The Second Chance Act of 2007 (Pub. L. 110-199) reflects a comprehensive response to the increasing number of people who are released from prison and jail and returning to communities. There are currently 2.3 million people serving time in our federal and state prisons, and millions of people cycling through local jails every year. Ninety-five percent of all prisoners incarcerated today will eventually be released and will return to communities. The Second Chance Act will help ensure the transition people make from prison or jail to the community is safe and successful. Section 101 of the Act, in addition to providing grants to state and local governments and federally recognized Indian tribes that may be used for demonstration reentry projects, also allows for the establishment of a National Adult and Juvenile Offender Reentry Resource Center.

The Second Chance Act Prisoner Reentry Initiative provides funding to state and local governments and federally recognized Indian tribes for demonstration projects to promote the safe and successful reintegration into the community of individuals who have been incarcerated. Funded demonstration projects will use validated and dynamic assessment tools to determine the risks and needs of offenders.
Projects will provide offenders in prisons or jails with all necessary services to facilitate reentry into the community. In addition, the projects will develop procedures to ensure that dangerous felons are not released from prison prematurely and provide services that address treatment needs and protect communities against dangerous offenders Allowable uses of funds to enhance a successful transition include: pre-release assessment and case planning, mentoring, housing, education, substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, services to enhance family reunification, job training and readiness, and post-release case management and supervision.

The State of Oklahoma will use the FY 2009 Second Chance Act Prisoner Reentry Initiative funds to support the Oklahoma Department of Corrections (ODOC) with a Secure Approaches For Effective Reentry-Oklahoma (SAFER Oklahoma) project. The ODOC will develop a community-based transition facility to address the needs of moderate/high-risk/high-need, adult male offenders in secure facilities who otherwise would not have the opportunity for reentry services in a community based facility. The project will improve offender transition into the community by linking the offender to local community connections and social support systems prior to release, thereby reducing that offender's risk for re-offending. This goal will be achieved by ensuring that the offender has an individualized transition plan created with the offender and local service agencies, volunteers and family members to coordinate and optimize the offender's potential for success in the community. Success in reducing reentry failures in this project will provide a national model for dissemination in other states facing similar reentry problems.


Date Created: September 15, 2009