Supported by a grant by the Juvenile Justice Commission (JJC), the initiative was designed to reduce the number of juveniles who are discharged from JJC custody and re-incarcerated due to technical violations of parole or probation. Because having a stable home environment has been found to reduce the likelihood of the juvenile recidivating, the focus was to address employment and family needs of the returning juvenile. This initiative was a pilot program that was being implemented for juveniles returning to Atlantic County.
WRI’s role in the initiative was as process evaluator. The involvement included record reviews and interviews to assess the implementation of the initiative, as well as determining the effectiveness of the program through an outcome evaluation.