On any given day, more than 60,000 young people under age 21 are confined in juvenile justice facilities throughout the United States. Youths involved in the juvenile justice system typically have a history of poor school attendance, grade retention, or disengagement from school due to academic failure and school disciplinary issues. Many youths in the juvenile justice system have had little employment experience before confinement, and their employment challenges often intensify post release, with many struggling to find and keep jobs.
The Juvenile Justice Reentry Education Program: Opening Doors to College and Careers through Career and Technical Education (JJ-REP) is an innovative program that provides career and technical education (CTE) programs in juvenile justice facilities, along with comprehensive post-release CTE and training, as well as wrap around reentry supports and services.
In 2016, the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) made four grant awards through a competitive application process for a period of up to three years. The four grantees are:
These CTE programs build on the existing efforts to improve reentry outcomes for youth who have been in the justice system, with a focus on building strong partnerships to implement a comprehensive and collaborative approach to improving education, employment, and other positive outcomes for justice-involved youth and young adults. Jobs for the Future is providing technical assistance and subject matter expertise to support the implementation of these programs.