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CT Recidivism Reduction Implementation Grant

Award Information

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Funding Category
Competitive Discretionary
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $3,000,000)

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 Statewide Adult Recidivism Reduction Strategic Plan Implementation 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 risk and needs assessments to inform resource-allocation decisions and individual case responses; (3) establish and scale up evidence-based programs and practices that reduce recidivism and ensure they are implemented with fidelity; and (4) implement community supervision policies and practices that promote successful reentry.

The grant recipient will use the grant to address risk and needs assessment, case management, promote quality programs, and enhance supervision practices. To meet the goals the grant recipient will: 1) Implement SCORES screening and risk & needs assessment; 2) Provide training on Risk Need Responsivity and Core Correctional Practices; 3) Develop integrated case management process and data support across facilities, community supervision, and community providers/ partners ensuring effective case planning, and EPICS as a cognitive behavioral therapy technique by community supervision; 4) Build quality assurance and program evaluation capacity across by introducing Correctional Program Checklist; 5) Institute graduated incentives and sanctions in facilities and in community supervision; and 6) Develop capacity to manage plan implementation through a contracted full-time Project Director.


Date Created: September 28, 2016