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Connecticut and Sonoma County, California Kick off Data-Driven Effort to Overhaul Juvenile Justice Systems

June 11, 2019

The endeavors are part of an effort to answer the call of state and local jurisdictions struggling to ensure that resources are being efficiently used to help young people who interact with the juvenile justice system succeed.

Reentry Essentials: Reducing Recidivism and Improving Other Outcomes for Youth and Young Adults

Policymakers, practitioners, and advocates alike recognize that improving the juvenile justice system requires more than incarcerating fewer youth. What constitutes success is ensuring that, whenever possible, youth receive supervision and services that support them to avoid further contact with the justice system and transition safely to adulthood.

Colorado Passes Juvenile Justice Reform Bill

May 31, 2019

Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed the Juvenile Justice Reform Act (Senate Bill 108) on May 28—a crucial step toward aligning the state’s juvenile justice system with what research shows works to improve outcomes for youth, strengthen public safety, and efficiently use resources.

Palm Beach County Program Partners with Probation Officers to Improve Reentry, One Youth at a Time

Palm Beach County’s Criminal Justice Commission (CJC) received a Second Chance Act (SCA) Juvenile Reentry Program grant in 2012 to develop a juvenile reentry strategic plan. In 2013, the CJC was granted further SCA funding to implement that plan and initiate the Back to a Future program to strengthen the reentry process for youth. The program complements probation supervision by providing case management, job skills training, education transition services, and referrals to other needed supports for youth.

Second Chance Act Spotlight: Jamel Bonilla, Lowell, Massachusetts

When Jamel Bonilla was released from the Middleton House of Correction, he knew what he needed most to stay out of prison. “I needed work,” Bonilla said. “I needed money.”

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Second Chance Act Grant Program

Second Chance Act Grant Program

The Second Chance Act (SCA) supports state, local, and tribal governments and nonprofit organizations in their work to reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for people returning from state and federal prisons, local jails, and juvenile facilities. Passed with bipartisan support and signed into law on April 9, 2008, SCA legislation authorizes federal grants for vital programs and systems reform aimed at improving the reentry process.