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October 4, 2011 > County receives justice award

County receives justice award

Submitted By Gwendolyn Mitchell and Marina Hinestrosa

The County of Santa Clara Probation Department has received a highly competitive "Second Chance" $750,000 grant to support youth re-entering the community out of the Enhanced Rehabilitation Ranch program. The funds come from the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Thanks to this grant, a multidisciplinary team will assess the needs of youth exiting the Enhanced Ranch Program, and will provide wrap around services, including housing, substance abuse treatment, vocational and educational services, and cognitive behavioral treatment. Clients will have access to mentoring services, and follow up monthly meetings.

The Santa Clara County Probation Department has forged partnerships with faith-based organizations, government and public agencies and the broader community to implement these services for high-risk offenders ages 14-17.

"We have invested in rehabilitating our youth who have committed serious offenses. Once we send them home and they are challenged to practice what they learned, we cannot give up or think our job is done," said County of Santa Clara Supervisor George Shirakawa, Chair of the Board's Public Justice and Safety Committee. "Their successful re-entry back into our neighborhoods keeps the community safer."

The grant allows the Reentry Assistance Program to expand services to high-risk offenders who currently are not eligible for them.

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