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Smart Reentry: Supervised Sentence Conversion

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2017, $999,940)

The Second Chance Act of 2007 (Pub. L. 110-199) helps to address the significant challenges individuals who are returning to communities from prison, jail, and juvenile residential facilities face. 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 grantee will use funds towards the Lancaster County Supervised Sentence Conversion Reentry Program. The goals are to improve supervision strategies that reduce recidivism by utilizing evidence-based practices for supervision and programming; implement strategies to supervise and treat nonviolent medium to high risk individuals using a validated risk and needs assessment instrument; objectively assess the impact of innovative evidence-based supervision and treatment strategies; and demonstrate the use and efficacy of evidence-based practices and principles to improve the delivery of supervision strategies by using treatment/intervention models with fidelity. This program will serve a minimum of 75 individuals.


Date Created: September 21, 2017