Second Chance Act Two-Phase Juvenile Reentry Demonstration Program
A Palm Beach County probation officer speaks with youth under his supervision about the importance of reentry services as part of the Back to a Future program, a 2013 SCA grantee.
This grant program provided funding for states, units of local government, and federally recognized Native American tribal governments to help ensure that the assessments and services youth received in secure confinement, reentry planning processes, and supervision upon reentry promoted reduced recidivism rates and positive youth outcomes. The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) administered the awards.
Objectives and Deliverables
Grantees of this program completed a planning phase in which they established juvenile reentry task forces to develop a strategic plan to increase public safety and improve youth outcomes. Allowable uses for funds during the implementation phase included:
- Using evidence-based risk and needs assessments to inform reentry planning;
- Providing evidence-based interventions and services that target criminogenic needs;
- Providing case planning and case management in the community; and
- Supporting a comprehensive range of reentry services, including cognitive-behavioral programming; educational, vocational, and job placement services; substance use treatment; housing; mental health and medical care; and mentoring.
For more information, see the most recent OJJDP grant solicitation from 2014.
OJJDP awarded 57 grants for juvenile reentry demonstration initiatives (note: prior to 2014, the program was known as the Second Chance Act Juvenile Reentry Program and the Second Chance Act Youth Offender Reentry Initiative; there were also separate grants awarded for planning and implementation in certain years):