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Delaware Correctional Reentry Continuum Statewide Recidivism Reduction Implementation

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $509,471)

The purpose of the FY 2018 Second Chance Act Statewide Adult Recidivism Reduction Strategic Plan Implementation Program (SRR Implementation Program) is to provide state agencies with resources and technical assistance to implement previously developed strategic plans that will result in improved reentry systems and reduced recidivism among populations released from incarceration.

Developing a comprehensive approach for reducing recidivism is challenging, requiring access to data, service delivery changes, coordination of multiple systems, and strategic planning. As such, in FY 2017, BJA competitively awarded funds to five states to develop comprehensive strategic plans. The FY 2018 SRR Implementation Program provides funding to implement these previously developed plans.

The goal of the program is to use strategic plans that are informed by a data-driven assessments, drivers of recidivism in the state, and system limitations to focus on system-level reforms related to risk and need driven case planning and resource allocation; delivery of quality programming targeting criminogenic needs; and effective supervision practices.

The grantee will use award funds to implement a Statewide Recidivism Reduction project that is part of a seamless comprehensive evidence based strategy to reduce the state’s drivers of recidivism. This project seeks a minimum 10% reduction in the recommitment rate of 50.4% within the first year of release. The supported project will : 1) Ensure risk assessment tools are validated; 2) Ensure offenders are assigned to programming appropriate for risk level and needs; 3) Implement offender case management plan that shares risk and need information throughout DOC continuum; 4) Implement probation officer performance measures relevant to effective practices in corrections; 5) Expand cognitive behavioral therapy programming; 6) Expand workforce development available to offenders; 7) Evaluate sex offender programming for fidelity and impact on reducing recidivism; and 8) Enhance use of EPICS in community supervision by implementing coaches to work with officers. The target population is 400-600 offenders over 18 years old high to medium risk returning to the New Castle County.


Date Created: September 28, 2018