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Positive Adolescent Community Supervision (Project PACS)

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2015, $716,050)

The Second Chance Act, signed into law on April 9, 2008, 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. As a complement to the Second Chance Act programs, the FY 2015 Smart Supervision Program (SSP) seeks to improve probation and parole success rates, which would in turn improve public safety, reduce admissions to prisons and jails, and save taxpayer dollars. The goals of this program are to develop and test innovative strategies to implement evidence-based probation and parole approaches that improve supervision success rates, thereby increasing community safety, and reduce violent and other crime by effectively addressing individuals’ risk and needs and reducing recidivism.

The grant recipient will use the SCA grant to implement and evaluate an evidence-based supervision model. The goals of the project are: (1) to reduce rates of rearrest; and (2) to effect long-term behavior change through transformative relationships, cognitive behavior therapy, and other developmentally-appropriate programming. Overall project goals are to enhance peoples’ abilities to make better, less-impulsive decisions and help them develop safer means of resolving conflicts.


Date Created: August 27, 2015