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Award Title:  Kentucky's Reentry by Design Prisoner Reentry Initiative

Award Description:

The Second Chance Act of 2007 (Pub. L. 110-199) reflects a comprehensive response to the increasing number of people who are released from prison and jail and returning to communities. There are currently 2.3 million people serving time in our federal and state prisons, and millions of people cycling through local jails every year. Ninety-five percent of all prisoners incarcerated today will eventually be released and will return to communities. The Second Chance Act will help ensure the transition people make from prison or jail to the community is safe and successful. Section 101 of the Act, in addition to providing grants to state and local governments and federally recognized Indian tribes that may be used for demonstration reentry projects, also allows for the establishment of a National Adult and Juvenile Offender Reentry Resource Center. The Second Chance Act Prisoner Reentry Initiative provides funding to state and local governments and federally recognized Indian tribes for demonstration projects to promote the safe and successful reintegration into the community of individuals who have been incarcerated. Funded demonstration projects will use validated and dynamic assessment tools to determine the risks and needs of offenders. Projects will provide offenders in prisons or jails with all necessary services to facilitate reentry into the community. In addition, the projects will develop procedures to ensure that dangerous felons are not released from prison prematurely and provide services that address treatment needs and protect communities against dangerous offenders Allowable uses of funds to enhance a successful transition include: pre-release assessment and case planning, mentoring, housing, education, substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, services to enhance family reunification, job training and readiness, and post-release case management and supervision. The Kentucky Department of Corrections will use their FY 2009 Second Chance Act Prisoner Reentry Initiative funds for the Kentucky's Reentry by Design Prisoner Reentry Initiative. The grant funds will be used to hire Reentry Program Coordinators to work directly with offenders returning to the Louisville Metro area in each of the six prison facilities. An additional Reentry Coordinator will be assigned to the Kentucky State Reformatory which serves as the medical and mental health hub for men in the state prison system. The additional number of special needs offenders at this facility warrants the assignment of two Reentry Coordinators. The Reentry Program Coordinators will work with existing staff to support and coordinate programming for returning offenders in the Louisville Metro area. The department will also hire four Reentry Parole Officer I positions to work with existing staff to support and coordinate programming for returning offenders in the Louisville Metro area. A Reentry Administrative Branch Manager and Corrections Program Administrator will also be hired to oversee the project and the additional staff. The funds will allow 20 partners and staff members to attend a 3-day national conference to address re-entry services for returning offenders. Furthermore, the grantee will contract with Multi-Health Systems to obtain the Level of Service Inventory and with Kentuckians Works to establish two dedicated Workforce Development positions. CA/NCF

Awardee Name:  Kentucky Department of Corrections Award Number: 2009-CZ-BX-0054
Solicitation Title:  BJA FY 2009 Second Chance Act Prisoner Reentry Initiative Fiscal Year: 2009
Supplement Number: 00 Amount:  $750,000
Earmark: No Recovery: No
State/Territory: KY County: Franklin
Congressional District: 06 Award Status: Closed