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Program Performance Report: Second Chance Act - Reentry Court Grant Program, July 2011-March 2012

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This report provides information on data collected for the Reentry Courts Second Chance Act grantees for the period July 2011 through March 2012.
Key findings from this report on data collected by Reentry Courts Second Chance Act grantees for the period July 2011 through March 2012 include the following: on average, grantees admitted 59 percent of those deemed eligible for the reentry court program, with a total of 798 participants enrolled in the reentry court program; out of the total number of participants enrolled from January to March 2012, an average of 37 percent of participants received graduated sanctions and 65 percent received incentives with each participant appearing before a judge an average of 2 times; the average rate by grantee of moderate- and high-risk post-release participants admitted to the program was 96 percent; on average, 24 percent of participants tested positive for alcohol or drugs at intake; employment services were the most utilized service type, followed by cognitive-based and substance abuse service; and the successful completion rate for participants exiting post-release services averaged at 59 percent, an increase of 14 percent from the first quarter. This report highlights data collected from programs awarded funding in fiscal year 2011 under the Reentry Courts Second Chance Act. The goals of the Second Chance Act which was signed into law in 2007, are to use validated assessment instruments to screen and identify offenders for participation in reentry programs; implement a transition plan that includes both pre-release and post-release services for these offenders; provide treatment and other services to the offenders; support offenders with case management to monitor reintegration efforts; and reduce recidivism. The funds are provided to programs developed by States, local, and tribal governments to help them address the growing population of offenders returning to their communities. Tables and figures