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Bexar County Reentry Court Project

Award Information

Award #
2010-RM-BX-0001
Location
Congressional District
Status
Closed
Funding First Awarded
2011
Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $21,518)

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 State, Local, and Tribal Reentry Courts Grant Program 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. Reentry courts are specialized courts that help reduce recidivism and improve public safety through the use of judicial oversight to apply graduated sanctions and positive reinforcement; to marshal resources to support the prisoner's reintegration; and to promote positive behavior by the returning prisoners. The goal of a reentry court is to establish a seamless system of offender accountability and support services throughout the reentry process. These courts may be implemented as part of an overall drug court program. Focused on the back-end of the criminal justice system, the reentry court should be designed to leverage partnerships between courts and corrections to facilitate successful offender reintegration. While reentry court approaches vary based on the laws and needs of a jurisdiction, the core components of a reentry court are standard and must include: 1) assessment and planning; 2) active oversight; 3) management of support services; 4) accountability; 5) graduated, swift-and-certain sanctions; and 6) rewards for success.

The county of Bexar will focus on those high risk/high need misdemeanor and felony offenders who have a substance abuse diagnosis; a mental health diagnosis; or both. Bexar County will conduct a risk/needs assessment, enroll individuals into the Seeking Safety evidence-based treatment program; offer various Reentry Court staff an opportunity for interdisciplinary education and; develop and implement a Reentry Court Alumni Association.

NCA/NCF

Date Created: September 18, 2011