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2015-2019 Juvenile Reentry Effort

Juvenile Reentry System Effort (JReS)


The Iowa Department of Human Rights (DHR), Division of Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning (CJJP), is overseeing the Juvenile Reentry Task Force (JRTF) in the development and implementation of the juvenile justice reentry system. Multiple state agency partners are assisting with institutionalization and/or development of policy, procedure, and structural elements of its Juvenile Reentry System (JReS).   The goal of JReS is the reduction of recidivism rates and to improve other youth outcomes through implementation of comprehensive system-wide reforms to juvenile reentry policies and processes which include: enhanced cross-system coordination, utilization of quality and effective programming, and prioritization of resources.  The ongoing effort was initiated and has been sustained with competitive 2nd Chance Act Funding from the federal Officer of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) in 2015-16. 

Active partners in the JRES effort include:

  • State Court Administration (SCA)
  • Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS)
  • Iowa Aftercare Services Network (IASN)
  • Iowa Workforce Development (IWD)
  • Juvenile Court Services (JCS)
  • Department of Education (DE)
  • Iowa State University’s (ISU) Research Institute for Studies in Education (RISE)
  • Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) state and local agencies
  • Boys' State Training School (STS)
  • Participating residential treatment programs  

CJJP was awarded a 3-year (October 2019 – September 2022) federal grant from OJJDP that will expand and enhance JReS.  The effort included enhancements to the work in existing facilities and other out-of-home placement settings in varied jurisdictions throughout Iowa.  Training was conducted for placement facility staff and for the multiple regional state agency staff (IWD, SCA, IVRS, DHS, etc.) in proximity to the facilities. 

YTDM Documents for JCS Youth