Right now as many as eight out of every 10 youths who leave juvenile justice fail. They get arrested, recommitted to juvenile facilities or sent to an adult prison or jail. Right now we know more than ever what works to prevent reoffending. PbS’ reentry initiatives put the reentry approaches that work into frameworks and data to bring the research into practices and give youths real second chances when they leave.
Youth Reentry Survey Program
The only way to really know if youths are prepared and ready for reentry is to ask them. PbS provides a reentry survey to find out their perceptions of their experiences, skills, opportunities, connections and beliefs. The survey is designed for youths leaving residential placements and community supervision and is administered using a handheld kiosk.
Improving Agency Data Capacity
Juvenile reentry programs and services span across different agencies and locations making data collection challenging. PbS received funding from the Office of Juvenile Justice, Office of Justice Programs, US Department of Justice to provide technical assistance and training opportunities to improve agencies’ capacity to collect, report and analyze reentry data.
Juvenile Reentry Measurement Standards
Recognizing the need to better understand and measure juvenile reentry services and programs, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, US Department of Justice funded PbS to develop national standards and measures. The reentry standards guide agency principles and practices and identify short- and long-term measures of effectiveness.