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Smart Reentry Funding Now Available

BJA is seeking applications for funding through the Second Chance Act Smart Reentry Program. This program provides resources to states, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments to plan and implement more effective and evidence-based reentry practices and service delivery systems that address individuals' needs and reduce recidivism. Applications for the Smart Reentry: Focus on Evidence-based Strategies for Successful Reentry from Incarceration to Community opportunity are due June 9, 2016.


National Adult and Juvenile Reentry Resource Center Solicitation Released

BJA is seeking applications for funding to operate a National Adult and Juvenile Reentry Resource Center under the Second Chance Act. This program provides training and technical assistance services to state, local, and tribal jurisdictions to facilitate the successful reentry of people from detention and incarceration to communities. Applications are due June 2, 2016.


National Reentry Week: An Essential Part of Our Mission
Under the Obama Administration, the Department of Justice has taken major steps to make our criminal justice system more fair, more efficient, and more effective at reducing recidivism and helping formerly incarcerated individuals contribute to their communities.  An important part of that task is preparing those who have paid their debt to society for substantive opportunities beyond the prison gates, and addressing obstacles to successful reentry that too many returning citizens encounter. Read more >>

2015 SCA & JMHCP National Conferences
 

 ** Please register by November 16, 2015 ** 

Register for the 2015 Second Chance Act & Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program National Conferences. Conference registration is now open.

These conferences represent a unique opportunity for SCA and JMHCP grant recipients to engage with experts in the field and interact with fellow practitioners from around the country to learn about evidence-based practices and promising approaches to reducing recidivism and improving outcomes for people released from prisons, jails, and juvenile correctional facilities. In special breakout sessions, you’ll learn how to advance your goals and answer challenges that arise throughout the lifecycle of your grant initiative. The SCA conference is mandatory for FY 13, FY14, and FY15 active Second Chance Act grant recipients. The JMHCP conference is mandatory for FY13, FY14, and FY15 active JMHCP grant recipients.

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Second Chance Act, Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program Highlighted in House Judiciary Committee Listening Session 
The reauthorization of the Second Chance Act (SCA) was one of several recommendations brought to the U.S. House Judiciary Committee’s criminal justice reform listening session on June 25, 2015, where members of the House of Representatives were invited to present proposals for criminal justice reform. Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL) told the committee that reentry “should be at the forefront of our discussion,” and emphasized the importance of reauthorizing SCA, which became law in 2008.

Second Chance Reauthorization Act Introduced in the Senate 
In an extraordinary display of bipartisan cooperation, Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) on June 4, 2015 introduced the Second Chance Reauthorization Act, which will expand upon the success of the original SCA by continuing, improving, and consolidating its programs.

Research, Community Supervision Agency Partnership Is Central to Grant Program 
Grantees in the SCA-funded program work “hand-in-hand with research partners to advance the field through the development, implementation, and evaluation of innovative and evidence-based initiatives,” said Juliene James, senior policy advisor at BJA.

National Reentry Resource Center Hosts First of Five Reentry Training Summits for New Grantees 
State and local agencies that were awarded a 2014 SCA Adult Demonstration or Technology Career Training grant sent representatives to New York City in late April 2015 to take part in the first Reentry Training Summit hosted and organized by the National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC), a project of the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center.

Department of Justice Announces 78 New Second Chance Act Grantees 
Among the new awards are five $3 million Statewide Recidivism Reduction (SRR) implementation grants, awarded to Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Vermont. These were 5 of 13 states that previously received SRR planning grants, a “race to the top” style of grant program in which state corrections agencies develop strategic plans to reduce statewide recidivism rates. The states with the strongest plans were then chosen to receive implementation funding to execute those plans.

One Year After Launching Key Sentencing Reforms, Attorney General Holder Announces First Drop in Federal Prison Population in More Than Three Decades 
In a speech at the Brennan Center for Justice, Attorney General Eric Holder announced on September 23, 2014 that the federal prison population has dropped by roughly 4,800 inmates since September 2013. This represents the first time the federal inmate population has fallen, rather than risen, over the course of a fiscal year since 1980. “One of the key points underscored by your report…is the need for the Justice Department to direct funding to help move the criminal justice field toward a fuller embrace of science and data. This is something that we – and especially our Office of Justice Programs and Bureau of Justice Assistance – have taken very seriously throughout the Obama Administration. And nowhere are these ideals more fully embodied – or more promisingly realized – than in our Justice Reinvestment Act and Second Chance Act programs,” said Attorney General Holder.

Business Executives and Government Officials Convene at White House 
Moderated by U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez, “Pathways to Prosperity: How Public and Private Sectors Can Put People with Criminal Records to Work” highlighted corporate willingness to hire those with prior convictions, the public sector’s desire to eliminate obstacles to employment and an overall eagerness to continue the discussion in states across the country.

Improving Outcomes for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System
Members of Congress, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and others met with juvenile justice leaders in Washington, D.C. to discuss two publications released by the CSG Justice Center, which offer state and local governments recommendations to improve outcomes for youth who come into contact with the juvenile justice system. These publications are supported by BJA and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).

Leaders from Across the Nation Convene for the Fourth Annual Second Chance Act Conference 
More than 700 people representing a variety of practitioners in the criminal justice field came together in May 2014 at the Fourth Annual Second Chance Act Conference to share experiences and strategies for improving outcomes for those returning home from incarceration.

Policy and Corrections Leaders Weigh Tactics to Curb Recidivism
Teams of policymakers—including governors’ advisors and corrections agency administrators from 13 states—met in Washington, D.C. to discuss strategies to improve success rates for people released from prison. 

Attorney General Holder Announces President Obama’s Budget Proposes $173 Million for Criminal Justice Reform 
Attorney General Holder announced on March 4, 2014 that President Obama’s FY 2015 Budget proposal for DOJ calls for $173 million in targeted investments for criminal justice reform efforts, including $115 million for the SCA grant program to reduce recidivism and help ex-offenders return to productive lives.

Five-Year Anniversary of the Second Chance Act
April 2013 marked the 5-year anniversary of SCA, the landmark legislation authorizing federal grants to support programs aimed at improving outcomes for people leaving prisons, jails, and juvenile facilities and reducing recidivism.

BJA Director Participates in Congressional Briefing on Second Chance Act
On April 24, 2013, the CSG Justice Center and the National Association of Counties sponsored a congressional staff briefing with Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) and Representative Danny Davis (D-IL) on SCA. Panelists included BJA Director Denise E. O'Donnell; A.T. Wall, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Corrections; Art Wallenstein, Director of the Montgomery County (MD)Department of Correction and Rehabilitation; Pam Rodriguez, President of Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities; and David D’Amora and Jessica Nickel of the CSG Justice Center. View the highlights or the full briefing.

Children of Incarcerated Parents Web Page Launched 
Youth.gov has launched a new Children of Incarcerated Parents web page, which provides a number of new products, such as the Children of Incarcerated Parents MythBusters series; the Toolkit for Child Welfare Agencies, Federal Prisons, and Residential Reentry Centers; and research-based public education materials developed by Sesame Street®. Youth.gov was created by the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs, which is composed of representatives from 18 federal departments and agencies that support programs and services focusing on youth.

Justice and Health Connect Website Launched
With support from BJA, the Vera Institute of Justice launched the Justice and Health Connect (JH Connect) website, www.jhconnect.org. JH Connect provides a series of resources, with the aim of increasing agencies’ abilities to share data between community health and justice systems in a confidential, legal, and ethical way. The goal is to better serve people with behavioral and other health needs who come into contact with justice systems. 

Attorney General Holder Announces “Smart on Crime” Approach at ABA 2013 Annual Meeting
On August 12, 2015, Attorney General Holder delivered remarks at the Annual Meeting of the American Bar Association's House of Delegates. "Today, a vicious cycle of poverty, criminality, and incarceration traps too many Americans and weakens too many communities. And many aspects of our criminal justice system may actually exacerbate these problems, rather than alleviate them," said Attorney General Holder.

Attorney General Holder Offers Remarks on Fourth Meeting of the Federal Interagency Reentry Council  
April 26, 2013: “The discussions that unfolded at yesterday’s meeting reflect not only the firm commitment that each of our agency partners has made to the council’s comprehensive efforts, but also the significant progress we’ve set in motion to support innovative reentry programs across the country,” said Attorney General Holder.

Justice Department Announces $58 Million to Improve Reentry Outcomes 
On October 1, 2012, Attorney General Holder announced $58 million in Second Chance Act grant funding to reduce recidivism, provide reentry services, conduct research, and evaluate the impact of reentry programs. Attorney General Holder also highlighted the department’s efforts to support research and evidence-based practices and its work with state departments of correction to set recidivism reduction goals.

Attorney General Eric Holder Speaks at the National Second Chance Act Conference 
“In recent years, we’ve seen a nationwide transformation in attitudes toward reentry – and a sharp increase in the number of programs focused on prisoner reintegration,” said Attorney General Holder. “Today, in every corner of our country, coalitions of government organizations and community groups are working together to improve reentry outcomes. Our correctional systems now consider reentry planning to be a part of their core functions. And agencies that tackle housing, health, labor, and other issues have begun to see effective reentry as part of their larger mission.”

Attorney General Holder Convenes Federal Reentry Council 
Attorney General Holder convened the second meeting of the Federal Interagency Reentry Council on September 27, 2011 to address ways to ensure those returning from prison become productive, law-abiding citizens. Among the topics discussed were $83 million in Fiscal Year 2011 funding that DOJ will award for SCA grants and other reentry programs as well as the latest in a series of "Reentry Myth Busters," fact sheets intended to educate employers and others about the impact of federal laws on those who are formerly incarcerated and seeking jobs, housing and federal assistance or benefits.

NRRC Adds Local-Level Info to Reentry Service Directories
The National Reentry Resource Center has expanded the Reentry Service Directories to include city and county-led initiatives, adding over 200 local government-led reentry programs.

States Report Reductions in Recidivism
BJA's National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC) released "States Report Reductions in Recidivism," a policy brief which highlights a number of states reporting significant reductions in recidivism. The states profiled in the report show significant declines in their 3-year recidivism rates based on data tracking individuals released from prison in 2005 and 2007. NRRC is a project of the Council of State Governments Justice Center, in partnership with the Urban Institute, the Association of State Correctional Administrators, and the American Probation and Parole Association.

Pay for Success
Learn more about Pay for Success, which is being incorporated into several of BJA's FY 2013 Second Chance Act solicitations.

Five-Year Anniversary of the Second Chance Act
This month marks the 5-year anniversary of the Second Chance Act, the landmark legislation authorizing federal grants to support programs aimed at improving outcomes for people leaving prisons, jails, and juvenile facilities and reducing recidivism. Read "A The Second Chance Act: The First Five Years" for more information.

BJA Director Participates in Congressional Briefing on Second Chance Act
On April 24, 2013, the Council of State Governments Justice Center (CSG Justice Center) and the National Association of Counties sponsored a congressional staff briefing with Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) and Representative Danny Davis (D-IL) on the Second Chance Act. Panelists included BJA Director Denise E. O'Donnell; A.T. Wall, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Corrections; Art Wallenstein, Director of the Montgomery County (MD) Department of Correction and Rehabilitation; Pam Rodriguez, President of Treatment Alternatives for Safe Communities; and David D’Amora and Jessica Nickel of the CSG Justice Center. View the highlights or the full briefing.

Children of Incarcerated Parents Web Site Launched
FindYouthInfo.gov has launched a new Children of Incarcerated Parents web site, which provides a number of new products, such as the Children of Incarcerated Parents MythBusters series; the Toolkit for Child Welfare Agencies, Federal Prisons, and Residential Reentry Centers; and research-based public education materials developed by Sesame Street®. FindYouthInfo.gov was created by the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs (IWGYP), which is composed of representatives from 18 federal departments and agencies that support programs and services focusing on youth.

Justice and Health Connect Web Site Launched
With support from BJA, the Vera Institute of Justice launched the Justice and Health Connect (JH Connect) web site, www.jhconnect.org. JH Connect provides a series of resources, with the aim of increasing agencies’ abilities to share data between community health and justice systems in a confidential, legal, and ethical way. The goal is to better serve people with behavioral and other health needs who come into contact with justice systems. Read more.

AG Holder Announces “Smart on Crime” Approach at ABA 2013 Annual Meeting
On August 12, Attorney General Eric Holder delivered remarks at the Annual Meeting of the American Bar Association's House of Delegates. "Today, a vicious cycle of poverty, criminality, and incarceration traps too many Americans and weakens too many communities. And many aspects of our criminal justice system may actually exacerbate these problems, rather than alleviate them," said Attorney General Holder. Read more

Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies
The Council of State Governments Justice Center, in partnership with BJA and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, with additional guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor, has released Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies: Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Job Readiness. This white paper provides a new tool that can be used as a starting point for cross-systems collaborations to reduce reincarceration and unemployment among adults with criminal histories.

Reentry Matters: Strategies and Successes
With support from BJA, the Council of State Governments Justice Center released Reentry Matters: Strategies and Successes of Second Chance Act Grantees Across the United States. This publication highlights reentry programs which focus on areas vital to reintegration back into the community, including employment, education, mentoring, and substance abuse and mental health treatment.

What Works in Reentry Clearinghouse Adds Education & Employment Findings
The What Works in Reentry Clearinghouse now includes new and updated research findings on the role of employment and education programs in improving reentry outcomes. Having a job is often cited by those exiting incarceration as a key component to a successful transition back into the community. Research supports this notion, indicating that having a job reduces the odds of reoffending. However, the latest findings, now available on the Clearinghouse, suggest that the relationship between employment programs and reentry success is complex. Read more.

Improving Outcomes for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System
Members of Congress, DOJ, and others met with juvenile justice leaders in Washington, DC to discuss two publications released by the Council of State Governments Justice Center, which offer state and local governments recommendations to improve outcomes for youth who come into contact with the juvenile justice system. These publications are supported by BJA and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.


Smart Reentry: Focus on Evidence-based Strategies for Successful Reentry from Incarceration to Community FY 2016 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 06/09/2016, 11:59 PM
BJA is seeking applications for the Second Chance Act Smart Reentry Program. This program furthers the Department’s mission by providing resources to states, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments to plan and implement more effective and evidence-based reentry practices and service delivery systems that address individuals’ needs and reduce recidivism.
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See More Funding

The Second Chance Act authorized the creation of the National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC), which provides technical assistance to SCA grantees and the reentry field. The NRRC serves as the primary source of information and guidance in reentry, advancing the use of evidence-based practices and policies and creating a network of practitioners, researchers, and policymakers invested in reducing recidivism.

The NRRC is a project of the Council of State Governments Justice Center and operates in partnership with the Urban Institute, the Association of State Correctional Administrators, the American Probation and Parole Association, the National Association of Counties, and the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy. The work of the NRRC is further rooted in partnerships with more than 150 leading nonprofit organizations and service providers in the reentry field.

Visit the NRRC’s website for the latest news, resources, and research on reentry. 



Andre Bethea
Policy Advisor - Corrections
202-353-0583
E-mail: Andre.Bethea@usdoj.gov
www.bja.gov/

BJA Strategies to Support Tribal Reentry, The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) offers strategies that can support tribes and states interested in implementing effective post-reentry assessment, supervision, and services for tribal members serving in federal, state and local settings, as well as pre-reentry services in tribal and state prisons and jails.
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Closer to Home: An Analysis of the State and Local Impact of the Texas Juvenile Justice Reforms, BJA-Sponsored, January 2015. This report provides Texas state leaders with an assessment of the impact of juvenile justice reforms and offers insights that policymakers and practitioners outside of Texas who are interested in improving their state's juvenile justice system may find invaluable.
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Core Principles for Reducing Recidivism and Improving Other Outcomes for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System, BJA- and OJJDP-sponsored, July 2014. This white paper focuses on how to better leverage existing research and resources to facilitate system improvements that reduce recidivism and improve other outcomes for youth involved in the juvenile justice system.
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Increasing Public Safety Through Successful Offender Reentry: Evidence-Based and Emerging Practices in Corrections, (NCJ 222306), Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Center for Effective Public Policy, Dr. Kurt Bumby; Madeline Carter; Susan Gibel; Rachelle Giguere; Leilah Gilligan; Richard Stroker, 2007. This handbook builds on the experience of delivering SVORI training and technical assistance to participating States and can be used as a supplement to the curricula or as a stand-alone reference for institutional corrections and community supervision agency staff interested in achieving successful offender reentry.
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Guidelines for the Successful Transition of People with Behavioral Health Disorders from Jail and Prison, These guidelines promote the criminal justice partnerships that are necessary to develop successful approaches for identifying individuals in need of services, determining what services those individuals need, and addressing these needs during transition from incarceration to community-based treatment and supervision.
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Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies: Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Job Readiness, This white paper is written for policymakers and practitioners engaged in the corrections and workforce development fields who recognize the need for the two systems to collaborate more closely to improve public safety and employment outcomes for people who have been incarcerated or are on probation or parole.
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Jail Administrator's Toolkit for Reentry, (NCJ 222041), Urban Institute, May 2008. Provides practitioner-oriented guidelines and principles, accompanied by examples from jails and criminal justice officials across the country, to assist in developing strategies for preparing inmates to transition from jail to the community, including prerelease planning, discharge planning, transition planning, continuity of care, community-oriented corrections, and transitional care. This toolkit is a companion piece to Life after Lockup: Improving Reentry from Jail to the Community (NCJ 220095).
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Life After Lockup: Improving Reentry From Jail to the Community, (NCJ 220095), Urban Institute, 2008. Presents an overview of U.S. jails and the people who cycle through them, examines various ways that jurisdictions can address reentry from jail, profiles numerous and diverse reentry efforts from around the country, and explores the role of probation in reentry from jail. This monograph is a companion piece to The Jail Administrator’s Toolkit for Reentry (NCJ 222041).
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Measuring and Using Juvenile Recidivism Data To Inform Policy, Practice, and Resource Allocation, BJA- and OJJDP-sponsored, July 2014. This issue brief highlights key findings of a survey of juvenile correctional agencies in all 50 states and provides recommendations for improving their approach to the measurement, analysis, collection, reporting, and use of youth recidivism data.
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Medicaid and Financing Health Care for Individuals Involved with the Criminal Justice System, This paper will provide an overview of federal Medicaid law related to people involved with the criminal justice system; discuss policy options available to improve continuity of coverage while ensuring federal funds are spent appropriately; provide state examples of best practices; and give recommendations for state and local governments.
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More BJA Publications

AG Announces FY 2012 Funding
On October 1, the Attorney General announced $58 million in Second Chance Act grant funding to reduce recidivism, provide reentry services, conduct research, and evaluate the impact of reentry programs. Read the press release.

FY 2011 Second Chance Act Grant Awards:

FY 2011 Honest Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE) Demonstration Field Experiment Grant Awards

View snapshots of Second Chance Program Grantees:

FY 2009 Solicitations:


Announcement:

Applications Being Accepted for the Smart Suite Training and Technical Assistance Program

The purpose of the FY 2016 Smart Suite Training & Technical Assistance Program competitive grant announcement is to select one provider to deliver a wide range of training and technical assistance services to researchers and practitioners in BJA's Smart Suite programs. Applications are due April 26, 2016.


Second Chance Act Mentoring Solicitation Available

BJA has released the Second Chance Act (SCA) Comprehensive Community-Based Adult Reentry Program Utilizing Mentors solicitation. This program provides services and programs to help facilitate the successful reintegration of formerly incarcerated individuals as they return to their communities. Applications are due April 12, 2016.


Funding Available for the Second Chance Act Technology-Based Career Training Program for Incarcerated Adults and Juveniles

BJA is seeking applicants for funding under the Second Chance Act to provide technology career training to incarcerated individuals. This program provides services and programs to help facilitate the successful reintegration of prisoners as they return to their communities. Applications are due April 12, 2016.


Second Chance Act (SCA) Reentry Solicitation Available

BJA has released the Second Chance Act Reentry Program for Adults with Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Disorders solicitation for FY 2016. This program provides resources to state, local, and tribal governments to establish or enhance the provision of treatment to adults to facilitate the successful reintegration of individuals returning from incarceration to their communities. Applications are due March 30, 2016.


AG Announces FY14 JRI and SCA Grant Awards

On September 23, 2014, the Attorney General announced that $7 million in Justice Reinvestment Initiative funds will be used to expand pretrial reforms, scale up swift and certain sanctions, and institute evidence-based parole practices, among other programs. Through Second Chance Act funding, five states will each be awarded $1 million to meet their recidivism reduction goals. Read more.


Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies Pilot Project

In partnership with DOJ, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Labor, the Council of State Governments Justice Center is accepting applications for jurisdictions interested in becoming pilot sites to test the strategies outlined in the recently released "Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies: Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Job Readiness" white paper. Applications are due August 15, 2014.


New Report Highlights States with Fewer Returns to Prison

The Council of State Governments Justice Center and BJA's National Reentry Resource Center have released Reducing Recidivism: States Deliver Results, which highlights significant reductions in recidivism rates in eight states: Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Wisconsin. The declines in recidivism—the percentage of those returned to prison within 3 years of their release—ranged from about 6 percent to 18 percent.


Hill Event Highlights Statewide Recidivism Reduction

On June 12, 2014, BJA Director O’Donnell participated in a briefing held at the U.S. Senate titled “Increasing Public Safety, Reducing Recidivism and Cutting Corrections Spending.” Joined by members of Congress, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (D-WV) and Governor Tom Corbett (R-PA) described how they spearheaded groundbreaking efforts in their states to slow the growth of corrections spending and reinvest in strategies that increase public safety. The governors pointed to successes in their states and data from a new report, Reducing Recidivism: States Deliver Results, to demonstrate that bipartisan, research-driven approaches to corrections and public safety issues are generating results across the country.


Watch Live Webcast of White House Reentry and Employment Event

On June 30, government officials and business leaders will discuss reentry and employment at the White House. "Pathways to Prosperity: How Public and Private Sectors Can Put People with Criminal Records to Work" is coordinated by the White House Domestic Policy Council, the National Reentry Resource Center, and the Council of State Governments Justice Center. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez will be providing remarks. Watch a live webcast of the event at 10:30 a.m. eastern time.


Register for Reentry and Employment Pilot Site Opportunity Webinar

Hosted by the BJA-supported National Reentry Resource Center, this July 15 webinar will provide policymakers and practitioners in the criminal justice, corrections, and workforce development fields with an overview of the recently published white paper, "Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies: Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Job Readiness." The webinar will also provide information on how jurisdictions can apply to become a pilot site for the Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies Demonstration Project. 


JMHCP/SCA Conference Highlights

Highlights and full presentations from the joint 2014 Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP)/Second Chance Act (SCA) Conference are now available from the Council of State Governments Justice Center.


Maximizing Medicaid Webinar

Register now for "Maximizing Medicaid: An Innovative Approach to Finance Health Care for Criminal Justice Populations," a webinar hosted by the National Reentry Resource Center, with funding support from BJA. The webinar will held June 24 at 2-3:30 p.m. eastern time.


JMHCP and SCA Conference Being Livestreamed!

BJA and the Council of State Governments Justice Center are convening more than 800 criminal justice experts and professionals in Washington, DC on May 13-16, 2014, for the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program & Second Chance Act Conferences. Both conferences are being livestreamed! Read more.


AG Highlights BJA Programs at NACo

On March 4, 2013, Attorney General Holder highlighted BJA’s JAG, Justice Reinvestment, and Second Chance programs at the National Association of Counties (NACo) Legislative Conference.


Second Chance Adult Reentry Demonstration Program Solicitation Released

BJA has released the FY 2013 Second Chance Act Two-Phase Adult Reentry Demonstration Program: Planning and Implementation solicitation. Applications are due June 20, 2013.


Second Chance Statewide Adult Recidivism Reduction Solicitation Released

BJA has released the FY 2013 Second Chance Act Comprehensive Statewide Adult Recidivism Reduction Planning Program solicitation. Applications are due June 28, 2013.


Second Chance Act Reentry Program Solicitation Released

BJA has released the FY 2013 Second Chance Act Reentry Program for Adult Offenders with Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders solicitation. Applications are due May 16, 2013.


Second Chance Mentoring Solicitation Released

BJA has released the FY 2013 Second Chance Act Adult Mentoring and Transitional Services for Successful Reentry Program solicitation. Applications are due March 21, 2013.


Second Chance Technology Career Training Solicitation Released

BJA has released the FY 2013 Second Chance Act Technology Career Training Program for Incarcerated Adults and Juveniles solicitation. Applications are due March 11, 2013.


Funding:

Second Chance Act Comprehensive Community-Based Adult Reentry Program Utilizing Mentors FY 2016 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 04/12/2016, 11:59 PM
BJA is seeking applicants for funding under the Second Chance Act to provide mentoring grants to nonprofit organizations and Indian tribes. This program furthers the Department’s mission by providing services and programs to help facilitate the successful reintegration of formerly incarcerated individuals as they return to their communities.
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Second Chance Act Technology-Based Career Training Program for Incarcerated Adults and Juveniles FY 2016 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 04/12/2016, 11:59 PM
BJA is seeking applicants for funding under the Second Chance Act to provide technology career training to incarcerated individuals. This program furthers the Department's mission by providing services and programs to help facilitate the successful reintegration of prisoners as they return to their communities.
Solicitation


Second Chance Act Reentry Program for Adults with Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Disorders FY 2016 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 03/30/2016, 11:59 PM
BJA is seeking applications for the Second Chance Act Reentry Program for Adults with Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Disorders. This program furthers the Department’s mission by providing resources to state, local, and tribal governments to establish or enhance the provision of treatment to adults to facilitate the successful reintegration of individuals returning from incarceration to their communities.
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Second Chance Act Comprehensive Community-Based Adult Reentry Program Utilizing Mentors FY 2015 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 06/11/2015, 11:59 PM
BJA is seeking applicants for funding under the Second Chance Act to provide mentoring grants to nonprofit organizations and Indian tribes.
Solicitation


Second Chance Act Technology-Based Career Training Program for Incarcerated Adults and Juveniles FY 2015 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 05/19/2015, 11:59 PM
BJA is seeking applicants for funding under the Second Chance Act to provide technology career training to incarcerated individuals.
Solicitation  Webinar


Second Chance Act Reentry Program for Adults with Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Disorders FY 2015 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 03/31/2015, 11:59 PM
BJA is seeking applications to implement or expand treatment programs for adults with co-occurring substance abuse and mental disorders during the reentry and community reintegration process, as well as expand and improve the screening and assessment for co-occurring disorders that takes place in the jails and prisons.
Solicitation


Second Chance Act Statewide Adult Recidivism Reduction Strategic Planning Program FY 2015 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 03/10/2015, 11:59 PM
BJA is seeking applications for funding for 12-month strategic planning grants to develop a reentry approach for reducing recidivism.
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Second Chance Act Comprehensive Community-Based Adult Reentry Program Utilizing Mentors FY 2014 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 06/02/2014, 11:59 PM
BJA is seeking applications for funding under the Second Chance Act for mentoring grants to nonprofit organizations and Indian tribes.
Solicitation


Second Chance Act Two-Phase Adult Reentry Demonstration Program: Planning and Implementation FY 2014 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 06/02/2014, 11:59 PM
BJA is seeking applications for demonstration projects to promote the safe and successful reintegration into the community of individuals who have been incarcerated or detained.
Solicitation


Second Chance Act Reentry Program for Adult Offenders with Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders FY 2014 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 03/18/2014, 11:59 PM
This program is designed to improve outcomes for adults with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders through the screening and assessment of incarcerated individuals, availability of some pre-release programming, leading to the provision of appropriate evidence-based services and treatment after incarceration.
Solicitation


Second Chance Act Technology Career Training Program for Incarcerated Adults and Juveniles FY 2014 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 03/17/2014, 11:59 PM
This program provides funding to states, units of local government, territories, and federally recognized Indian tribes to support the education, training, mentoring, support services, and job placement for incarcerated/detained adults and juveniles in a technology field.
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Second Chance Act Comprehensive Statewide Adult Recidivism Reduction Planning Program FY 2013 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 06/28/2013, 11:59 PM
This solicitation will provide funding for 12-month planning grants during which time state-level participants will convene and work to develop and finalize 1) decision-making processes, 2) supervision strategies, and 3) service quality and coordination plans to achieve a reduction in the state’s historical baseline recidivism rate.
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Criminal Justice Improvement and Recidivism Reduction through the State-Level Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) FY 2013 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 06/27/2013, 11:59 PM
JRI provides resources to states to plan and implement policies and programs to analyze and reduce corrections spending and reinvest savings into strategies that can improve public safety.
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Second Chance Act Two-Phase Adult Reentry Demonstration Program: Planning and Implementation FY 2013 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 06/20/2013, 11:59 PM
This program provides funds to state and local governments and federally recognized Indian tribes that may be used for demonstration projects to promote the safe and successful reintegration into the community of individuals who have been incarcerated or detained.
Solicitation


Second Chance Act Reentry Program for Adult Offenders with Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders FY 2013 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 05/16/2013, 11:59 PM
The program is designed to improve outcomes for adults with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders through the provision of appropriate evidence-based services and treatment during and after incarceration in prison or jail.
Solicitation


Second Chance Act Adult Mentoring and Transitional Services for Successful Reentry Program FY 2013 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 03/21/2013, 11:59 PM
BJA is seeking applications for mentoring programs to promote the safe and successful reintegration into the community of adults who have been incarcerated.
Solicitation


Second Chance Act Technology Career Training Program for Incarcerated Adults and Juveniles FY 2013 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 03/11/2013, 11:59 PM
BJA is seeking applications for funding to provide technology career training to persons confined in state prisons, local jails, and juvenile residential facilities.
Solicitation  FAQs


Smart Probation: Reducing Prison Populations, Saving Money, and Creating Safer Communities FY 2012 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 05/21/2012, 11:59 PM
This program provides resources to states, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribes to develop more effective and evidenced-based probation practices that effectively address offenders’ needs and reduce recidivism.
Solicitation  FAQs


Second Chance Act Adult Offender Comprehensive Statewide Recidivism Reduction Demonstration Program FY 2012 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 05/21/2012, 11:59 PM
This program will provide resources to states to achieve a reduction in a historical baseline recidivism rate through planning, capacity-building, and implementation of effective and evidence-based interventions.
Solicitation  FAQs


Second Chance Act Adult Offender Reentry Program for Planning and Demonstration Projects FY 2012 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 04/24/2012, 11:59 PM
This program supports the a commitment to providing services and programs to help facilitate the successful reintegration of offenders as they return to their communities.
Solicitation  FAQs


Second Chance Act Family-Based Adult Offender Substance Abuse Treatment Program FY 2012 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 04/24/2012, 11:59 PM
This program is designed to implement or expand family-based treatment programs for adult individuals in prison or jails, that provide comprehensive substance abuse treatment and parenting programs for incarcerated parents (including non-custodial parents) of minor children; provides treatment and other services to the participating offenders’ minor children and family members; and during reentry back into the community.
Solicitation  FAQs


Second Chance Act Reentry Program for Adult Offenders with Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders FY 2012 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 04/24/2012, 11:59 PM
Under this solicitation, BJA is seeking applications to implement or expand offender treatment programs for offenders with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders.
Solicitation  FAQs


National Adult and Juvenile Offender Reentry Resource Center FY 2012 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 04/19/2012, 11:59 PM
This opportunity is for funding to operate a National Adult and Juvenile Offender Reentry Resource Center under the Second Chance Act.
Solicitation


Second Chance Act Technology Careers Training Demonstration Projects for Incarcerated Adults and Juveniles FY 2012 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 03/02/2012, 11:59 PM
Section 115 of the Second Chance Act authorizes federal awards to states, units of local government, territories, and federally recognized Indian tribes to provide technology career training to persons confined in state prisons, local jails, and juvenile residential facilities.
Solicitation  Frequently Asked Questions


Second Chance Act Demonstration Field Experiment: Fostering Desistance through Effective Supervision FY 2012 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 02/23/2012, 11:59 PM
In partnership with NIJ and NIC, this opportunity supports the goals of the Second Chance Act by implementing and rigorously testing an innovative reentry model in up to four jurisdictions across the United States.
Solicitation  Frequently Asked Questions


Second Chance Act Demonstration Field Experiment: Fostering Desistance through Effective Supervision FY 2011 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 07/11/2011, 11:59 PM
BJA seeks proposals to implement and rigorously test important criminal justice interventions and programs as part of a multi-site Demonstration Field Experiment (DFE) on prisoner reentry.
Solicitation  FAQ


Second Chance Act Adult Offender Reentry Program for Planning and Demonstration Projects FY 2011 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 06/30/2011, 11:59 PM
This program is designed to help communities develop and implement comprehensive and collaborative strategies that address the challenges posed by offender reentry and recidivism reduction.
Solicitation


Second Chance Act State, Local, and Tribal Reentry Courts FY 2011 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 06/30/2011, 11:59 PM
This program was created to help break the cycle of criminal recidivism, increase public safety, ensure accountability, and help better address the growing population of ex-offenders who return to their communities.
Solicitation


The Honest Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE) Demonstration Field Experiment FY 2011 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 06/28/2011, 11:59 PM
This DFE will combine a multisite demonstration of the Hawaii HOPE model with a rigorous experimental evaluation in an applied setting.
Solicitation


Second Chance Act Reentry Program for Adult Offenders with Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders FY 2011 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 06/23/2011, 11:59 PM
The coordination of drug abuse and mental health treatment with correctional planning can encourage participation in treatment and can help treatment providers incorporate correctional requirements as treatment goals.
Solicitation  FAQ


Second Chance Act Family-Based Offender Substance Abuse Treatment Program FY 2011 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 06/23/2011, 11:59 PM
This section authorizes federal awards to states, units of local government, and Indian tribes to improve the provision of substance abuse treatment within prison and jails and after reentry for offenders who have minor children, and also includes outreach to families and provision of treatment and other services to children and other family members of participant offenders.
Solicitation  FAQ


Second Chance Act Adult Mentoring Grants to Nonprofit Organizations FY 2011 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 04/21/2011, 11:59 PM
The Second Chance Act grant programs are designed to help communities develop and implement comprehensive and collaborative strategies that address the challenges posed by offender reentry and recidivism reduction.
Solicitation  FAQ


Second Chance Act Technology Careers Training Demonstration Projects for Incarcerated Adults and Juveniles FY 2011 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 03/03/2011, 11:59 PM
Section 115 of the Second Chance Act authorizes the U.S. Attorney General to make federal awards to states, units of local government, territories, and federally recognized Indian tribes to provide technology career training to persons confined in state prisons, local jails, and juvenile residential facilities.
Solicitation  FAQ


Second Chance Act Program to Evaluate and Improve Educational Methods for Incarcerated Adults and Juveniles FY 2010 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 06/10/2010, 07:59 PM
Section 114 of the Second Chance Act authorizes grants to evaluate and improve academic and vocational education for incarcerated adults and juveniles, and then recommend to DOJ/BJA, best practices for such educational programs.
Solicitation


Second Chance Act Technology Careers Training Demonstration Projects for Incarcerated Adults and Juveniles FY 2010 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 06/10/2010, 07:59 PM
Section 115 of the Second Chance Act authorizes the U.S. Attorney General to make federal awards to states, units of local government, territories, and federally recognized Indian tribes to provide technology career training to persons confined in state prisons, local jails, and juvenile residential facilities. Awarded funds may be used for establishing a technology careers training program to train incarcerated persons for technology-based jobs and careers during the 3-year period before release from a prison, jail, or juvenile residential facility.
Solicitation


Second Chance Act Reentry Demonstration Program: Targeting Offenders with Co-occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Health Disorders FY 2010 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 06/03/2010, 07:59 PM
Section 201 of the Second Chance Act authorizes grants to states, units of local government, territories, and Indian tribes to improve the provision of drug treatment to offenders in prisons, jails, and juvenile facilities during the period of incarceration and through the completion of parole or other court supervision after release into the community.
Solicitation


Second Chance Act State, Local, and Tribal Reentry Courts FY 2010 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 06/03/2010, 07:59 PM
Section 111 of the Second Chance Act was created to help break the cycle of criminal recidivism, increase public safety, and help states, units of local government, and Indian tribes better address the growing population of offenders who return to their communities. More specifically, Section 111 authorizes the creation of state, local, and tribal reentry courts to monitor offenders and provide them with the treatment services needed to establish a self-sustaining and law-abiding life.
Solicitation


Family-Based Prisoner Substance Abuse Treatment Program FY 2010 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 06/03/2010, 07:59 PM
Sections 113 of the Second Chance Act authorizes grants to states, units of local government, and Indian tribes to improve the provision of substance abuse treatment within prison and jails and after reentry for inmates who have minor children and also includes outreach to families and provision of treatment and other services to children and other family members of participant inmates.
Solicitation


Second Chance Act Mentoring Grants to Nonprofit Organizations FY 2010 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 03/18/2010, 07:59 PM
The Second Chance Act will help ensure the transition individuals make from prison or jail to the community is safe and successful. Section 211 of the Act authorizes grants to nonprofit organizations and federally recognized Indian tribes that may be used for mentoring projects to promote the safe and successful reintegration into the community of adults who have been incarcerated.
Solicitation


Second Chance Act Adult and Juvenile Offender Reentry Demonstration Projects FY 2010 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 03/04/2010, 07:59 PM
The Second Chance Act of 2007 provides a comprehensive response to the increasing number of people who are released from prison, jail, and juvenile residential facilities and returning to communities. The Second Chance Act will help ensure the transition individuals make from prison, jail, or juvenile residential facilities to the community is safe and successful.
Solicitation  FAQ

 

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