Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2011, $352,273)
The FY 2011 Second Chance Act State, Local, and Tribal Reentry Courts Program provides funding to states, units of local government, federally recognized Indian tribes (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior), and non-profit entities that target adult populations for the development, establishment, and enhancement of state, local, and tribal reentry courts, court programs, and specialized reentry court dockets that combine monitoring activities with comprehensive and coordinated services for formerly incarcerated individuals returning to their homes and communities. The overall goal is to increase accountability among returning ex-offenders and lower overall recidivism by addressing the criminogenic risks and needs of individual offenders through comprehensive assessments, treatment, services, programs, and monitoring, using evidence-based practices to steer programs. To achieve this goal, recipients are expected to engage target populations to increase program retention, enhance community involvement and support, and identify offender needs and respond with appropriate services before release, including the treatment of alcohol and other drug use and mental health issues, and assistance with housing, education, employment, and other needs. Programs will target adult offenders who plead guilty or are convicted on criminal offenses and released from jail or prison after serving a sentence term.
The grant recipient will utilize funds for a pilot reentry court with a goal of lowering recidivism, reducing crime, and protecting public safety. Grant funds will be utilized to serve 125 parole violators a year, whose needs have been identified using validated assessment tools, evidence based activities, intensive case management, substance abuse and mental health treatment, and individualized services. The program model will utilize judicial supervision, graduated sanctions for noncompliance, and includes the participation of a Parole Agent, the District Attorney and Public Defender's Offices, and six community based treatment providers.