Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2016, $650,000)
As many as 100,000 youth younger than 18 years old are released from juvenile correctional facilities every year. These young people often return to their communities with complex needs, such as physical and behavioral health issues and barriers to education and employment. In FY 2015, OJJDP awarded planning grants to support states, local governments, and federally recognized Native American/Alaskan Native tribes and communities as they developed comprehensive juvenile community supervision strategic plans. Under this grant program, OJJDP selected FY 2015 grantees to receive awards to implement their strategic plans. This program is authorized pursuant to Section 101 of the Second Chance Act, Pub. L. No. 110-199.
The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice (GDJJ) supervises nearly 13,000 youth, approximately 10,000 of whom are in a community setting. The GDJJ staff meet this challenge with both long-held standards of operational excellence and by adopting new and innovative, evidence-based programs to successfully care for and advance the youth in their care. The commitment to the safety and security of the citizens of Georgia is in the forefront of this effort. Implementation of Georgia's Juvenile Justice Reform Act has increased the number of youth participating in community-based services operated by this agency and created additional need for its evidence-based services. It is anticipated that the results of this program will initially be indicated as improved program completion and eventually demonstrate a reduction in recidivism rates. The GDJJ will use a series of tools to ascertain risk, structure decisions, assess needs, and coordinate response. These tools and assessments will be a crucial part of the strategic planning and review process to determine how the data they collect can be used most effectively to contribute to the reduction of recidivism and improved youth outcomes.