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What is PREP?

On July 1, 2016, the Planned Re-Entry Program (PREP) launched as a collaborative service model between the Fresno County Probation Department (Probation) and Focus Forward. Youth in custody at the Fresno County Juvenile Justice Campus (JJC) are identified for having high risk scores for recidivism and their households join PREP along with the youth. Focus Forward’s PREP staff team partners with Probation and community organizations to ensure the effective delivery of services inside the JJC, in homes, and at the Focus Forward Community Center. The youth and household clients engage in program activities during the in-custody phase as well as in the community for several months following release.

How effective is PREP?

2017-2018 (Year-2), we served:

  • 81 youth clients
  • 24/81 youth clients graduated from PREP
  • 9/81 youth clients recidivated (6% recidivism rate for Violation of Probation, 5% for New Charges)
  • 48/81 youth clients remained active and in good-standing at the end of the evaluation year
  • 52 household clients

2017-2018 Program Outcomes:

  • The PREP recidivism rate is 11% for both VOPs and NCs, and can be compared to the Fresno County juvenile recidivism rate of 33%.
  • Youth made measurable growth and gains in the areas of education, life skills, and workforce development.
  • Households with youth who competed PREP made measurable growth and gains in the areas of education, life skills, and workforce development.

2017-2018 Operational Outputs:

  • Average service hours per month provided to each client by Focus Forward staff during custody and in the community included 8-hrs/mo to youth and 6-hrs/mo to households.
  • Importantly, staff drove across 35 zip codes in Fresno County to provide services in homes and neighborhoods, ensuring consistent access to programming.
  • To coordinate the program operations, Fresno County Probation PREP staff include 12 officers and Focus Forward PREP staff include 8 case managers, mentors, a social worker, and a program coordinator.