Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $749,794)
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 fiscal year (FY) 2016 Smart Supervision Program (SSP) seeks to improve probation and parole success rates and reduce the number of crimes committed by those under probation and parole supervision, which would in turn reduce admissions to prisons and jails and save taxpayer dollars. Funds can be used either to implement evidence-based supervision strategies or to innovate new strategies to improve outcomes for supervisees. 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 award recipient along with Norfolk Probation and Parole through the Norfolk Supervision Treatment and Operational Plan, will develop and test innovative strategies and evidence based probation and parole approaches that improve supervision success rates, thereby increasing community safety and reducing violent and other crime by effectively addressing individuals risk needs and reducing recidivism. The project will target 40 gang involved supervisees to test new policies and strategies in community supervision and treatment to increase public safety and generate savings. The project will also serve 40 incarcerated identified gang members or violent offenders. The overall goal of the proposed project is to enhance reintegration into the community, specifically of gang-involved offenders, through coordinated delivery of risk- and need-based services. The objectives of the proposed project in support of that goal are to identify and implement evidence-based care to address underlying drivers of criminal behavior, increase the availability and use of responses to noncompliance, reduce probation violations; and increase services to gang-involved supervisees through collaboration of service providers. The plan is designed to reduce recidivism among gang involved supervisees by 5% over a three year period.