The Second Chance Act Youth Reentry Program encourages collaboration between state agencies, local government, and community- and faith-based organizations to address the reentry and recidivism reduction challenges posed for youth who are returning to their communities from juvenile residential or correctional facilities. Grantees and participating jurisdictions under Categories 1 and 2 of this award will be required to refine and implement new or improved collaborative strategies that address individual youth’s criminogenic and non-criminogenic needs as determined through the application of validated risk and needs assessment instruments.
This program also supports training and technical assistance under Categories 3 and 4 to help local jurisdictions improve community supervision practices for youth who are placed on probation or are being released from secure confinement, and to support local jurisdictions to strengthen their capacity to collect and analyze data, measure performance, make data-informed decisions, and continuously improve their reentry programs, policies, and practices.
Category 1 applicants should include demonstration of partnership with interested persons (including federal corrections and supervision agencies, service providers, and nonprofit organizations). Category 2 applicants must include, as an attachment, a memorandum of agreement or memorandum of understanding or a letter of support that clearly demonstrates an established, collaborative relationship between the applicant and the correctional agencies that (1) oversee the specific facility or facilities from which the applicant proposes to recruit the target reentering population and (2) oversee community corrections (probation and/or parole) for the target population. This requirement is intended to ensure that Category 2 applicants have prerelease access to confined youth for purposes of conducting prerelease case planning at least 90 days prior to program youth’s release, as is required for Category 2 projects, and, where possible, for providing prerelease services.