BJA's Justice Today
July 2010
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The past 10 years has seen a national surge of initiatives dedicated to the nurturing roles of fathers and programs that promote responsible parenting. Based on the problem-solving court model, Fathering Courts provide an innovative alternative to prosecution and incarceration for men facing criminal-level sanctions for not paying child support. Reentry Courts are specialized courts for ex-offenders leaving incarceration through probation or parole and use judicial oversight to monitor and guide the reentry process.

Fathering and reentry courts complement each other as they focus on similar populations with comparable issues. Founded on research and evidence-based practices, both fathering and reentry courts serve men who face significant barriers to employment, are unemployed or underemployed, are usually poorly educated, frequently have a criminal background, and may also face physical or emotional illness, literacy issues, substance abuse problems, or multiple-partner fertility.1

In FY 2010 BJA solicited applications for Reentry Courts under the Second Chance Act, which included an opportunity for state and local courts to apply for funding to launch Fathering Reentry Courts. In addition, BJA will develop training and technical assistance through its partner organizations, such as the National Reentry Resource Center, National Center for Fathering, Center for Court Innovation, and the National Center for State Courts, for other courts that may wish to replicate the program and its fatherhood support interventions. In FY 2011, subject to appropriations, BJA will make available funding support for other reentry courts with fatherhood components through the Second Chance Act, for which the President has requested $100 million in his budget.


1 http://contentdm.ncsconline.org/cgi-bin/showfile.exe?CISOROOT=/spcts&CISOPTR=214

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