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Second Chance Act Juvenile Community Supervision Improvement Program

This program provides grants to develop and implement comprehensive plans to improve juvenile community supervision using evidence-based supervision strategies to reduce recidivism and improve other outcomes for juveniles under community supervision, and prevent any further progression into the juvenile justice system. The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) administers the awards.

Objectives and Deliverables

The program supports the planning and implementation phases of a community supervision improvement strategy that incorporates critical juvenile community supervision functions, including the use of a comprehensive assessment of risk for reoffending, strengths, and needs; cognitive-behavioral interventions; family engagement; release readiness; permanency planning; and staffing and workforce competencies.

The goals of this program are to:

  • Promote and increase collaboration among agencies and officials who work in probation, pretrial, law enforcement, and related community corrections fields;
  • Implement strategies for the identification, supervision, and treatment of medium- to high- risk youth that may serve as a model for other agencies throughout the country;
  • Objectively assess or evaluate the impact of innovative and evidence-based supervision and treatment strategies; and
  • Demonstrate the use and efficacy of evidence-based practices and principles to improve the delivery of community supervision strategies and practices.

Grantees must establish a juvenile community supervision improvement task force composed of relevant state, tribal, territorial, or local leaders; service providers; nonprofit organizations; and other stakeholders.

For more information, see the most recent OJJDP grant solicitation.

Current and Past Grantees

Since 2015, OJJDP has awarded six planning grants and five implementation grants for juvenile community supervision improvement initiatives.