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National Adult and Juvenile Offender Reentry Resource Center

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $4,997,895)

The Second Chance Act of 2007 provides a comprehensive response to the increasing number of people who are released from prison and jail and returning to communities, including resources to address the myriad of needs of these offenders to achieve a successful return to their communities. Section 201 of the Second Chance Act authorizes federal awards to states, units of local government, and Indian tribes to improve the provision of treatment to adult offenders in prisons and jails during the period of incarceration and through the completion of parole or other court supervision after release into the community.

Section 101 of The Second Chance Act, in addition to providing federal awards to state and local governments and federally recognized Indian tribes for demonstration reentry projects, also authorized the establishment of a National Adult and Juvenile Offender Reentry Resource Center (National Reentry Resource Center, NRRC). The primary purpose and goal of the NRRC is to advance the reentry field by enhancing and promoting evidence-based practices, which includes: providing proactive, comprehensive, user-friendly Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) services; developing uniform protocols for the assessment and delivery of TTA, as well as tracking, evaluation, and follow-up; using TTA strategies that include developing tools and resources for grantees, such as distance learning, peer-to-peer consultations, onsite Technical Assistance (TA), and ongoing TA by phone and e-mail; and planning and hosting grantee meetings.

The grantee will utilize FY 2012 Second Chance Act funds to administer a National Reentry Resource Center that will: 1) provide a one-stop, interactive source of current, user-friendly reentry information; 2) identify and promote evidence-based practices and translate reentry research into user-friendly materials; 3) deliver individualized, targeted technical assistance to Second Chance Act grantees to maximize the likelihood that they achieve proposed results; 4) advance the reentry field through training, distance learning, and knowledge development; and 5) support Second Chance Act grantees and the reentry field in defining, measuring, and tracking recidivism, setting meaningful recidivism reduction goals, and designing and implementing programs, policies, and practices that will reduce recidivism. CA/NCF

Date Created: August 21, 2012