This policy brief discusses four state approaches to reentry programs for students with disabilities in the juvenile justice system. The publication provides an overview and background about reentry and explains federal supports to support successful reentry. The purpose of reentry programs and recommended reentry strategies are discussed. Case specific examples of reentry programs in Arizona, Georgia, Hawaii, and Oregon are highlighted.
Promising Resources, Policies, and Practices
Goal 5: Quality Education in Facilities
Goal 7: Career Pathways
Goal 8: Post-Secondary Access
Goal 9: Smooth Transitions
A Reentry Myth Buster, authored by the Federal Interagency Reentry Council, is a fact sheet intending to clearly explain federal policies that affect justice-involved individuals and their families. This document dispels the myth that juvenile justice facilities must compromise security and safety to expand youth access to technology.
Project SUPPORT (Service Utilization to Promote Positive Outcomes in Rehabilitation and Transition for Adjudicated Youth with Disabilities) is designed to assist youth with disabilities who have been released from Oregon Youth Authority custody in returning home and enrolling in school or finding employment. The primary goals of the program are to increase school enrollment and/or employment and decrease recidivism. The program consists of three phases: first, in the in-facility phase, a transition specialist works with an incarcerated youth to define goals and develop a transition plan.
Each Oregon Youth Authority facility must offer eligible youth who are not enrolled in high school at least one college class or college preparatory class and access to Open Online Courses. Through the Oregon Virtual School district students are provided with access to a computer to supplement their classes with videos, podcasts, and other educational materials for post-secondary education purposes outside of regular high school hours. Each facility must also offer a college orientation and information on available courses, vocational training and certificate programs.
The ORVSD is a program led by Oregon Department of Education that, in partnership with virtual learning providers throughout the state, provides access to online learning and teaching resources free of charge to the public school teachers of Oregon. The ODE and the Oregon Youth Authority brought the ORVSD to juvenile correctional facilities in 2013, providing valuable career preparation courses and opportunities to develop professional skills.
The Oregon Department of Education and Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) brought the “virtual school district” to juvenile correctional facilities in 2013 and developed student-customized curricula to supplement their classroom instruction. Oregon’s Virtual School District allows youth in the justice system the same educational opportunities as their peers in non-secure classrooms and allows them to make successful transitions back to the community.