Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-09) announced today that the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) will award the City of Oakland a $750,000 Demonstration Programs Continuation Grant to fund juvenile reentry programs.
"I applaud the Department of Justice for its commitment to reducing juvenile crime and recidivism," said Congresswoman Lee. "These types of investments in our youth are critical to breaking the cycle of violence and crime by providing young people tools to build productive and prosperous lives. I am committed to continuing fight to bring all federal resources available to address crime and improve public safety here in Oakland and in the East Bay."
OJJDP's Demonstration Programs Continuation Grants program was established to provide grants and cooperative agreements to organizations that OJJDP has selected for funds in prior years. This program will be authorized by an Act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice.
This funding will support the Comprehensive System of Community Reentry Support for Juvenile Offenders (C3RS) project. This is the third major phase of reforms initiated by the City of Oakland in collaboration with key city, county, state, and community partners to address the crime and recidivism challenges in the area. Supplemental funds will continue to support key outcomes like major reductions in recidivism, measured through analyses of service delivery and juvenile justice data, and the development of a highly innovative reentry system. The net result will be the creation of a sustainable community-based reentry system with high potential for replication.