The Innovations in Reentry Initiative (IRI) seeks to improve the capacity and effectiveness of state, local, and tribal jurisdictions to identify innovative ways to increase the success rates of individuals returning to their communities and reduce the number of crimes committed by those recently returning, which would produce a significant return on investment through an increase in public safety by reduced crimes, lower recidivism rates affecting correctional spending, and taxpayer savings. IRI is part of BJA's Innovations in Public Safety portfolio, also known as the Innovations Suite.
At year-end 2016, there were over 2.1 million individuals incarcerated in state or federal prisons or held in local jails. Approximately 95 percent of those incarcerated will be released and return to communities across the nation. A majority of these individuals have needs that, if unaddressed in prison and jail, and after release, may negatively impact their ability to live productive, crime-free lives, thereby impacting the safety of communities nationwide. The Innovations in Reentry (IRI) Program seeks to improve the capacity and effectiveness of local and tribal jurisdictions to increase the success of offenders returning to their communities from incarceration.
The overall objective of IRI is to support the development and implementation of comprehensive and collaborative reentry strategies to reduce recidivism among reentering offenders who are at medium to high risk for recidivating and to improve public safety. Within the context of this initiative, “reentry” is not a specific program, but rather a process that begins when the offender is incarcerated (pre-release) and ends with his or her reintegration into the community (post-release). This process should provide the offender with appropriate evidence-based services, including reentry planning, that address individual criminogenic needs identified through empirically validated risk and needs assessments. Results from these assessments should also reflect the risk of recidivism for each individual. The reentry plan should reflect specific and ongoing prerelease and post-release needs, and a strategy for ensuring that these needs can be met throughout the duration of the reentry process.
To date, BJA has awarded 150 grants for these reentry initiatives, which have provided pre- and post-release services for more than 60,000 adults. For a list of grantees, visit the Grant Awards section of our site.
Funding Webinars – Participate and Access Materials
To assist potential applicants interested in applying for FY 2019 funding opportunities, BJA has hosted several solicitation-specific webinars as well as Grant Applicant Education Series webinars. Visit the BJA Funding Webinars page to learn about upcoming webinars and to access presentation files for and YouTube links to watch previously held webinars.
Awards Announced to Support Offenders Returning to Communities
The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) has announced awards totaling more than $74.5 million to reduce recidivism among adults and youth returning to their community after confinement. View the press release to learn more about the grants awarded by BJA and other OJP bureaus and offices.
The following resources provide information on effective practices in reentry:
For guidance about identifying and working with a research partner, see: http://www.psnmsu.com/documents/ResearchPartnerQ&A.pdf.
The following resources provide information about how the Affordable Care Act may impact probation and parole agencies:
BJA Grant Applicant Education Webinars In early 2019, BJA hosted a series of educational webinars to assist potential applicants interested in applying for FY 2019 funding opportunities. Visit the BJA Grant Applicant Education Series Webinars page for access to YouTube recordings, downloadable versions of the presentations, as well as transcripts for each webinar.
EligibilityEligible applicants are units of local government and federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior). BJA welcomes applications under which two or more entities would carry out the federal award; however, only one entity may be the applicant. Any others must be proposed as subrecipients (subgrantees). The applicant must be the entity that would have primary responsibility for carrying out the award, including administering the funding and managing the entire program.
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The National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC) provides technical assistance to help IRI grantees make the most of their federal grant dollars to support sustainable, successful, and evidence-based probation and parole initiatives. Since NRRC was launched in 2009, it has provided support to each of the more than 600 Second Chance Act (SCA) grantees—state, local, and tribal government agencies, as well as nonprofit organizations—that offer a range of services to various adult and juvenile target populations. NRRC can:
Visit the National Reentry Resource Center for additional information.
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Innovative Reentry Initiatives: Building System Capacity and Testing Strategies to Reduce Recidivism
Application deadline extended for the BJA FY 2019 Innovative Reentry Initiatives solicitation. Part of BJA's Innovations in Public Safety portfolio, the purpose of this solicitation is to provide resources and training and technical assistance necessary to identify assets and gaps in reentry systems and to develop capacity and partnerships to provide services that prevent recidivism, reduce crime, and improve public safety. Apply by: July 15, 2019.
Register for Innovative Reentry Initiatives Solicitation Review Webinar
On May 14, 2019, at 3 p.m. ET, representatives from BJA and the National Reentry Resource Center will describe the FY 2019 Innovative Reentry Initiative grant program, the application process, and tips for a strong application. Learn more and register for the webinar.
Innovations in Reentry Initiative: Reducing Recidivism Through Systems Improvement
BJA has released the FY 2018 Innovations in Reentry Initiative: Reducing Recidivism Through Systems Improvement funding opportunity. This program provides resources to develop and implement strategic plans for systems change efforts that result in evidence-based reentry practices and procedures that result in improved public safety including lower crime and reduced recidivism. Apply by: June 25, 2018.
Innovative Reentry Initiatives: Building System Capacity & Testing Strategies to Reduce RecidivismApplication Deadline: 07/15/2019, 11:59 PMBJA is seeking applications under the Second Chance Act from units of state, local, and Indian tribal governments to assess and develop the capacity for reentry systems improvement.Solicitation Webinar (5/14/2019)
Innovations in Reentry Initiative: Reducing Recidivism Through Systems ImprovementApplication Deadline: 06/25/2018, 11:59 PMBJA is seeking applications under the Second Chance Act from units of local government and Indian tribal governments to assess and develop the capacity for reentry systems improvement.Solicitation
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