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PbS Awarded 2018 OJJDP Reentry Grant

This September, PbS was selected as the recipient of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP) 2018 grant for Improving Juvenile Reentry Programs’ Data Collection, Analysis, and Reporting. The 2018 grant is designed to increase the capacity to collect, analyze and report reentry data as identified by two previous OJJDP projects: The Initiative to Develop Juvenile Reentry Measurement Standards, awarded to PbS, and the Juvenile Justice Model Data Project, awarded to the National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ). Long-time partners PbS and NCJJ have joined together to use both organizations’ expertise and experience to lead the new project to provide training and technical assistance to increase the capacity of state and local agencies and reentry programs to collect, analyze and report reentry data. PbS and NCJJ have assembled a uniquely qualified team of the Council of State Governments (CSG), American Institutes for Research (AIR), American Probation and Parole Association (APPA), Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) and Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA). The project will span three years and the team will complete four objectives:

  1. Develop training opportunities for multiagency, multidisciplinary teams composed of key stakeholders who are involved in the collection, sharing and use of data related to the reentry process at the state and/or local level;
  2. Provide technical assistance at the state and local levels to implement effective strategies for cross-agency collaborations in data-sharing and measuring reentry services and outcomes, including best practices for measuring reoffending;
  3. Develop and widely disseminate documents, tools and other resources in a variety of media to promote the data improvement recommendations; and
  4. Promote ongoing coordination with OJJDP, the National Reentry Resource Center and site teams, including any research and evaluation partners.

PbS will build on its first reentry grant developing national standards to guide agencies and programs as they prepare youths for reentry at two points in the juvenile justice continuum: release from secure commitment facilities and release from supervision. The new capacity-building project will help agencies and reentry programs collect, analyze the new reentry standards and data promoting the adoption of principles of accountability, fairness, family and cross-system collaboration and the implementation of the evidence-based practices for assessment, reentry planning, case management and quality assurance. Implementation of the principles and practices, which are grounded in research, will be measured and assessed by examining youth outcomes in the areas of education and employment, wellbeing and health and community connection and contribution.

The need for this grant emerged from a report by the National Academy of Sciences, which laid out the framework for reentry reform. This framework aims to enable juveniles to make a successful, prosocial transition to adulthood, while holding them accountable for their wrongdoing, treating them fairly and protecting society from further offending. As shown by adolescent developmental research, all youths need opportunities to grow in a variety of ways, including fostering healthy relationships, gaining a sense of self-efficacy, and having gradual independence. PbS’ project seeks to find ways to integrate this research, and adolescent experiences, into juvenile justice.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 2:37 PM