Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $750,000)
The Second Chance Act provides a comprehensive response to the increasing number of incarcerated adults and juveniles who are released from prison, jail, and juvenile residential facilities and are returning to their communities. The FY 2013 Second Chance Act Juvenile Reentry Program helps ensure that the transition the youth make from secure confinement facilities to the community is successful and promotes public safety. A secure confinement facility may include a juvenile detention center, juvenile correctional facility, or staff-secure facility. Eligible juveniles must have been confined under juvenile court jurisdiction. CATEGORY 2: Implementation Projects must include specific strategies for implementing the ten Mandatory Requirements of a Comprehensive Reentry Program.
The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Juvenile Justice and Rehabilitation Administration (JJ & RA), Juvenile Rehabilitation (JR) is seeking Second Chance Act Juvenile Reentry Program funding under Category 2: Implementation Projects. These funds will be used to support the delivery of a Juvenile Job Readiness to Employment Program intended to improve the economic stability, employment outcomes, crime rate and self-sufficiency of juvenile offenders transitioning from secure confinement to community life. The Juvenile Job Readiness to Employment program will prioritize and target up to 72 high risk youth with complex treatment needs, ineligible for post-release parole supervision services that have been committed to a secure facility, and will return to the King, Pierce or Snohomish county geographic area. The goal is to deliver a comprehensive employment readiness and occupational training academy for juvenile offenders transitioning from secure confinement to community life while increasing public safety, supporting gainful employment, livable wages, and job skills for successful reentry. In addition, JR will continue the use of evidence-based programs, coupled with risk and needs assessment to further address recidivism and public safety.