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Mapping the Future: A Systems Based Approach to Refining Reentry Planning

Award Information

Award #
2018-RQ-BX-0007
Location
Congressional District
Status
Open
Funding First Awarded
2018
Total funding (to date)
$719,118

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $152,076)

The Second Chance Act (Public Law 110–199) seeks a comprehensive response for incarcerated adults who are released from prison or jail, and returning to their communities. Over 2.1 million individuals are incarcerated in federal and state prisons, and millions of people cycle through local jails every year. Ninety-five percent of all offenders incarcerated in state prisons will eventually be released.

Securing meaningful employment can facilitate successful reentry for offenders leaving correctional facilities. However, there are many barriers that offenders with criminal records encounter as they attempt to re-enter both the community and the workforce. Improving employment outcomes for this population may contribute to recidivism reduction and increased public safety. However, some communities simply do not have enough resources for corrections, reentry, and workforce development to provide every adult offender leaving incarceration with services that may assist them in reentering the community.

The purpose of the Adult Reentry and Employment Strategic Planning Program is to fund the development of strategic plans that are comprehensive, collaborative, and multisystemic in their approach to increase public safety by reducing recidivism and improving employability in offenders returning to communities from incarceration. These plans should include an assessment of the current system and propose solutions to make assessment-driven referrals to ensure successful transition from correctional facilities to the community.

The recipient will use award funds to provide strategic planning and systems mapping of current reentry services delivered through the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, allowing for enhancement and introduction of new services and methods that target the segment of the offender population being released from prison to parole supervision with a moderate or high risk assessment. This effort will target reentry services for those offenders released to the Bryan-College Station and San Antonio areas.

CA/NCF

Date Created: September 29, 2018