Youth Reentry Program

This program furthers the Department of Justice's mission by reducing recidivism among youth returning to their communities following confinement and under community supervision, while promoting the fair administration of justice and advancing public safety. This solicitation is composed of four grant categories.

  • Category 1: Improving Youth Reentry
  • Category 2: Strengthening Community-Based Youth Reentry Programs
  • Category 3: Improving Community Supervision National Training and Technical Assistance
  • Category 4: Building Local Youth Reentry Data and Performance Measurement Capacity

Goals and Objectives

Goals

  • Category 1: The goals of Category 1 programs are to promote positive youth outcomes and increase public safety by decreasing recidivism among youth participating in award recipient’s reentry programming through developing and implementing comprehensive reentry plans to improve youth outcomes when reentering their communities following release from a juvenile residential facility. For the purposes of this program, recidivism is defined as a return to a residential placement facility, jail, or prison with a new conviction or as the result of a violation of the terms of supervision within 24 months of initial release.
  • Category 2: The goal of Category 2 programs is to promote positive youth outcomes and public safety while reducing recidivism by assisting youth’s successful transition from juvenile residential facilities back to their communities.
  • Category 3: The goal of the Category 3 program is to help a cohort of competitively selected local juvenile justice agencies implement evidence-based and innovative community supervision programs to improve outcomes for youth under community supervision, reduce admissions to confinement as a result of community supervision/probation violations, reduce recidivism, promote public safety, and demonstrate effective models that inform and inspire other jurisdictions across the nation.
  • Category 4: The goal of the Category 4 program is to help a cohort of competitively selected local juvenile justice agencies to improve their capacity to collect, analyze, and use data in decision making, and to measure and manage program performance to improve youth outcomes, reduce recidivism, promote public safety, and demonstrate effective models that inform and inspire other jurisdictions across the nation.

Objectives

  • Category 1: The objective of Category 1 programs is to identify and address the criminogenic and non-criminogenic needs of youth for risk of reoffending, and develop and implement comprehensive pre- and post-release reentry plans, to include case management as well as identification and coordination of appropriate community-based programs as they return to their communities following confinement.
  • Category 2: Objectives of the Category 2 programs include the implementation and/or expansion of community-based reentry programs and services that demonstrate partnerships with corrections, parole, probation, and other reentry service providers. These partnerships should collaboratively develop and implement comprehensive, pre- and postrelease case management plans that directly address youth’s criminogenic and non-criminogenic needs, as determined by validated risk and needs assessment tools.
  • Category 3: The objectives of the Category 3 program are to competitively solicit local agencies’ requests for training and technical assistance in reducing youth recidivism in their communities; conduct an intensive review of the selected jurisdictions’ community supervision agencies’ policies, programs, practices, and fiscal strategies; develop tailored findings, recommendations, and concrete action steps and strategies for each selected jurisdiction; help participating jurisdictions implement those action steps and strategies; and demonstrate resulting outcomes, lessons learned, and promising policies, programs, and practices from the participating jurisdictions to inform and inspire other jurisdictions to take steps to sustainably improve their own community supervision programs, policies, and practices. The community supervision strategies will be grounded in implementation science, evidence-based and innovative programs and practices, and research on adolescent development and trauma-informed care.
  • Category 4: The objectives of the Category 4 program are to competitively solicit local government agencies to receive data and performance measurement training and technical assistance; conduct an intensive review of each selected jurisdiction’s data and performance measurement policies, programs, and practices; develop findings, recommendations, and concrete action steps and strategies for each selected jurisdiction; help participating jurisdictions implement those action steps and strategies; and demonstrate resulting outcomes, lessons learned, promising policies, programs, and practices  to inform as well as inspire other jurisdictions to take steps to improve their own data and performance measurement capacity.

    The successful applicant should incorporate measurement recommendations and tools from OJJDP’s data improvement projects, the Juvenile Justice Model Data Project and the Initiative To Develop Juvenile Reentry Measurement Standards, as applicable. These strategies apply the core principles from research about adolescent development to key components of youth supervision.

For more information, see the most recent OJJDP grant solicitation and materials.