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In Focus: Youth Reentry and Family Engagement

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Date Published
March 2023
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This fact sheet summarizes the grant programs available from the U.S. Justice Department's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) under the federal Second Chance Act, which authorizes federal grants for reentry services and resources that will increase the likelihood that youth returning home after residential placement will become productive and law-abiding members of society.


OJJDP's grant programs under the Second Chance Act fund comprehensive reentry planning, direct pre- and postrelease services, and sustainable justice system improvements that promote positive youth and family outcomes, reduce recidivism, and increase public safety. Through its Second Chance Act programs, OJJDP helps to strengthen families and provide youth with educational and vocational opportunities, employment and housing assistance, mental and physical healthcare, family programming, and substance use treatment to help them overcome barriers to successful reentry.