The Utah Department of Corrections was recently awarded a Second Chance Act grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance within the U.S. Department of Justice to focus on department-wide reentry efforts.
Grant funding will be used to strengthen and sustain current evidence based practices throughout the department. This will be a department wide initiative and will allow staff to continue being national leaders in reentry initiatives.
The grant specifically targets intensive and high-risk offenders, both male and female, ages 18-35, since this population accounts for 60 percent of returns to prison.
The first phase of the award is $1 million allocated over the first two years and an additional $500,000 allocated in the third year.
Last year, as part of a Statewide Recidivism Reduction effort, the department formed a Statewide Reentry Task Force to develop a strategic plan to focus on high and intensive risk offenders reentering the community. The task force consisted of members from several different divisions and bureaus of our Department, Utah Courts, Utah Board of Pardons and Parole, Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, Utah Department of Workforce Services, Utah Governor's Office, and community support.
Three different work groups were formed to look at a criminal justice involved person's journey through the criminal justice system from arrest through discharge from supervision.
The combined work of these teams resulted in the grant being awarded to the State of Utah.
The Statewide Reentry Task Force will continue to reinforce collaboration among state agencies, the therapeutic community and community support programs.
Public Information Office, November 8, 2018