United States District Court - Northern District Court of California

Claudia Wilken, Chief Judge

Richard W. Wieking, Clerk of Court

Request for Proposals: Reentry Court Coordinator Program

RFP Extended to May 16, 2014

The Court plans to build on its successful and innovative reentry court by providing the support of a full-time reentry court coordinator. The Court now seeks proposals from interested community organizations to establish such a program at the San Francisco Courthouse. The program will support the San Francisco reentry court and the Oakland reentry court, which will open in the near future. For the program description, background and scope, see below. For more information and details on how to apply, please download and review these documents:

  1. Request for Proposals (Word)
  2. Interagency Agreement for the Creation of a Reentry Court (PDF)
  3. San Francisco Reentry Court Program Documents (PDF)
  4. Oakland Reentry Court Program Documents (Word)

Proposals must be received by the below-listed court representative by no later than 4:00 p.m. on the closing date:

Lynn Fuller
United States District Court
450 Golden Gate Avenue, 16th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 522-2033
lynn_fuller@cand.uscourts.gov

All questions or clarifications must be submitted via email no later than three working days before the closing date to the court representative identified above.


1.  PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The United States District Court for the Northern District of California intends to establish a Reentry Court Coordinator program to provide assistance with the administration of reentry court activities. The primary goals of the program are to optimize the efficiency of the court program and to maximize reentry opportunities for participants.

2.  BACKGROUND

The Northern District’s reentry court has been operating in San Francisco since 2011 and is now expanding to the Oakland Courthouse. The reentry court is successfully meeting the needs of the court and of people on post-conviction supervision in the Northern District.

The Reentry Court Coordinator program will support the reentry court by matching participants with treatment providers and community programs and services and by collecting data and conducting research to determine and maintain best practices.

3.  PURPOSE

The purpose of this request for proposals is to procure the services of a Reentry Court Coordinator for a one-year pilot program.

4.  SCOPE

The proposal should provide a complete budget and estimate for services for the period of one year, not to exceed $100,000, which is the amount allocated by the court for the program on a pilot basis.

The court will provide office space and security. All other expenses must be included in the program budget.

The Reentry Court Coordinator will provide services on a full-time basis that include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Assist the reentry court team (including the presiding judge, U.S. Probation, the Federal Public Defender, the United States Attorney, and treatment providers) with the program to promote positive change in participants’ lives.
  • Participate in reentry court team meetings, reentry court sessions and program-related meetings; develop and distribute annual calendar of reentry court meetings, sessions, events, and training.
  • Maintain a detailed written record of case events for each participant in the program.
  • Recruit new reentry court participants through regular contact with U.S. Probation and the residential reentry center (RRC) staff.
  • Act as a liaison with treatment providers and the reentry court team to facilitate communication.
  • Provide community-based referrals, individual counseling, and other case management support to participants as needed for employment, housing, education, and other identified needs.
  • Develop ties with appropriate government, educational, and professional organizations, other reentry courts, and other community-based resources to maximize opportunities for reentry court participants; memorialize and update resources in list and circulate regularly to team members.
  • Collect statistical data and conduct research regarding the district’s reentry court participants and outcomes to determine effectiveness and best practices; generate reports and develop infrastructure so that future statistical analysis can be conducted; keep abreast and informed of research regarding reentry and drug courts.
  • Assess reentry court team educational needs and develop ways to meet the needs such as through reviewing and disseminating written articles and training materials from academic, legal, and services resources and identifying and attending (with other team members as appropriate) local, regional or national conferences. 
  • Assist with the preparation of progress reports and other court reports as needed.
  • Maintain list of reentry court graduates; coordinate speaker’s series with graduates.
  • Provide other related duties on an ad hoc as deemed appropriate by the reentry court team.