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New Path/New Life: Second Chance Act Adult Demonstration Project

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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $165,184)

The Second Chance Act of 2007 (Pub. L. 110-199) provides a comprehensive response to the increasing number of people who are released from prison and jail into communities and the subsequent challenges communities face as offenders attempt to reintegrate into society. 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 Montana Department of Labor, in partnership with the Billings-Area Reentry Council (BARTF) and Montana State University Billings (MSUB) will use the FY 2010 Second Chance Act Prisoner Reentry Initiative to develop and implement an integrated reentry pathway to female offenders using collaborative public and private partnerships in the Billings (Yellowstone County) region. The goal of the project is to reduce the recidivism rate in program participants. The project relies on their existing partnerships with a variety of Billings, social service, educational and workforce organizations. They will also provide evidence-based practices in pre and post release services related to housing, employment planning, work skills development, family health, and reunification.


Date Created: September 21, 2010