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Prince George's County Smart Reentry

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $997,302)

The Second Chance Act of 2007 (Pub. L. 110-199) helps to address these significant challenges by providing comprehensive responses to the significant number of incarcerated adults who are returning to communities from prison, jail, and juvenile residential facilities. Programs funded under the Second Chance Act help to promote public safety by ensuring that the transition individuals make from prison and jail to the community is successful. Section 101 of the Second Chance Act authorizes federal awards to state and local governments and federally recognized Indian tribal governments 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.

BJA’s “Smart Suite” of programs invest in the development of practitioner-researcher partnerships that use data, evidence, and innovation to create strategies and interventions that are effective and economical. The goal of the Smart Reentry: Focus on Evidence-based Strategies for Successful Reentry from Incarceration to Community program is to support jurisdictions to develop and implement comprehensive and collaborative strategies that address the challenges posed by reentry to increase public safety and reduce recidivism for individuals reentering communities from incarceration who are at medium to high risk for recidivating. Within the context of this initiative, “reentry” is not envisioned to be a specific program, but rather a process that begins when the individual is first incarcerated (pre-release) and ends with her or her successful community reintegration and reduction in risk of recidivism (post release).

The grant recipient will use the grant to create a system of care and process that ensures reentering offenders have the information, skills, supports and the services they need to become and remain productive contributors in the community. The target goal is to serve 400 reentering adult offenders aged 18 years or older. Services provided will include: evidence-based services; Jail-Based Substance Abuse Treatment; Intensive Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment; parent training; Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment; the Violence Intervention Program; community based mental health; and health and social services referral and case management. Collectively, these strategies will serve to reduce recidivism.


Date Created: September 19, 2016