Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $60,723)
The Second Chance Act (Pub. L. 110-199) provides a comprehensive response to the increasing number of incarcerated adults and juveniles who are released from prison, jail, and juvenile residential facilities and returning to communities. The Second Chance Act Programs are designed to help communities develop and implement comprehensive and collaborative strategies that address the challenges posed by offender reentry and recidivism reduction.
Section 101 of the Second Chance Act authorizes federal awards to states that may be used for demonstration projects to promote the safe and successful reintegration into the community of individuals who have been incarcerated or detained and reduce overall recidivism rates. The goal of Section 101 of the Second Chance Act is to provide support to eligible applicants, in this case state departments of corrections, for the development and implementation of comprehensive and collaborative strategies that address the challenges posed by reentry to increase public safety and reduce recidivism. The objectives of the Comprehensive Statewide Adult Recidivism Reduction Planning Program are to fund, at the state level, effective strategies for reducing recidivism and enhancing public safety which incorporate the following principles: (1) focus on the people most likely to commit more crimes; (2) use evidenced-based programs proven to work and ensure the delivery of services is high quality; (3) deploy supervision policies and practices that balance sanctions and treatment; and (4) target places where crime and recidivism rates are the highest.
The recipient will use grant funds to establish a Reentry Task Force representing senior level decision makers from invested state agencies, local partners, professional associations/groups, and the Governor's Office. The goals and objectives are to establish a plan with specific incremental steps to reduce barriers to offender integration into the community; establish specific commitments from state and community stakeholders to address policy, rule, organizational, and cultural impediments to offender reentry; identify evidence based best practices to address barriers; educate state and local policy makers regarding policies and practices which can have a positive influence on offender reentry; and demonstrate the cost effectiveness of programming to reduce offender recidivism. The target population include those offenders receiving a score of 30 and above (on the LSI-R risk assessment tool) that are at high risk to reoffend and are targeted for enhanced supervision and programming.