U.S. Department of Justice: Innovative Reentry Initiatives – Building System Capacity and Testing Strategies to Reduce Recidivism
The Innovative Reentry Initiatives (IRI): Building System Capacity and Testing Reentry Strategies to Reduce Recidivism will provide state and local jurisdictions and Indian tribes with the resources and training and technical assistance (TTA) necessary to identify assets and gaps in their reentry systems and to develop capacity and partnerships to provide services that prevent recidivism, reduce crime, and improve public safety in their jurisdictions.
Applicants should develop and implement comprehensive reentry strategies to reduce recidivism among offenders who are at medium to high risk for recidivating upon release from prison or jail. Within the context of this initiative, “reentry” is not a specific program; it is a process that begins when the offender is incarcerated (pre-release) and ends with his or her reintegration into the community (post-release). The reentry process should utilize empirically validated risk and needs assessments to determine offenders’ risk of recidivism, identify the criminogenic needs that contribute to it, and include individualized reentry plans to mitigate risks and address needs through programs, services, and/or community supervision. Reentry plans should reflect specific and ongoing pre-release and post-release needs, and a strategy for ensuring that these needs are met throughout the duration of the reentry process. More broadly, a well-functioning system has comprehensive data collection and usage, adequate information sharing to ensure referral to the right programs and services, adequate staffing and skills to execute effective delivery, and a community landscape with enough resources to address the needs of returning citizens. Through IRI, grantees will assess their reentry system, identify strengths and gaps, and then build capacity in two ways: (1) general system improvements and (2) a reentry demonstration or pilot project to reduce recidivism among a particular subset of the reentering population.
Applicants should propose to meet the following objectives and deliverables in three phases over the four-year grant period:
- Phase 1: Planning (up to 12 months). During the planning phase, grantees will be required to participate in technical assistance and will be required to complete and submit an Action Plan to guide implementation.
- Phase 2: Implementation (24 months). Once their Action Plans are approved, grantees will move into the implementation phase and gain access to the remainder of their grant funds.
- Phase 3: Evaluation (12 months).
Amount: Approximately $15,000,000 is available to make up to 15 awards of up to $1,000,000 each for a 48-month project period. Pending grantee performance and availability of future appropriations, each grantee will be considered to receive one supplement of up to $500,000.
Eligibility: Dependent upon Category, as follows:
- Category 1: Units of state government agencies serving adults
- Category 2: Units of county or local government agencies serving adults
- Category 3: Units of federally recognized Indian tribes and Alaska Native tribes serving adults
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