Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $499,305)
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 needs of these offenders to achieve a successful return to their communities. The FY 2012 appropriations under the Second Chance Act made funding available for Smart Probation projects, in addition to providing federal awards to state and local governments and federally recognized Indian tribes for demonstration reentry projects. The goal of the Smart Probation Program is to improve probation success rates, which will improve public safety, reduce returns to prisons and jails, and save taxpayer dollars. Grant funds can be used to implement evidence-based supervision strategies to improve outcomes for probationers.
The Minnesota Department of Corrections will use the grant funds to train probation agents in integrating assessments, case planning, motivational interviewing, goal-setting, and other skills in a client-centered approach engaging individuals on probation in success. Funds will also be used to provide training and technical assistance to local partners, develop agreements with county courts and attorneys regarding increased availability of sanctions, increase supervision effectiveness, and provide broader understanding and information to partners and the public on relevant matters relating to case management. CA/NCF