In 2007, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) launched the Second Chance Act grant to provide funding for state or local-level juvenile justice agencies to develop and implement effective strategies to address the challenges of juvenile reentry from correctional placements back into the community. GRYD received a Second Chance Act award in 2013 to design and implement a juvenile reentry process for gang-involved youth. GRYD worked closely with the Los Angeles County Probation Department to launch the GRYD and Probation Juvenile Reentry Program in November 2014 to serve gang-involved youth exiting Probation Camps.
Referrals for GRYD Juvenile Reentry services come directly from LA County Probation. Individuals are referred prior to release from camp, and GRYD service providers make contact with the individual and their family in order to prepare for release and participation in services post-release. Individuals who enroll in GRYD Juvenile Reentry services receive a modified version of GRYD’s Intervention Family Case Management services that was attuned to the specific needs of the reentry population.
In order to be eligible for GRYD Juvenile Reentry services, referrals to the program must meet the following criteria:
referrals must be between the ages of 14 – 21;
have a significant presence in a GRYD Zone;
be a tagger or member/affiliate of a gang or crew;
have a 90-days projected juvenile camp release;
be referred by a Los Angeles County Deputy Probation Officer.