U.S. Department of Justice: Second Chance Act Addressing the Needs of Incarcerated Parents and Their Minor Children
The Second Chance Act Addressing the Needs of Incarcerated Parents and Their Minor Children program will provide funding to support states and units of local government to develop programs within detention or correctional facilities to respond to the needs of incarcerated parent who have children younger than age 18. This program supports activities that foster positive family engagement between incarcerated parents and their children within detention and correctional facilities, and implement programs and services that support the children of incarcerated parents to reduce the likelihood of antisocial behaviors and future involvement in the juvenile justice system.
The program’s goal is to assist states and localities in developing or expanding services that meet the needs of incarcerated parents and their minor children to prevent violent crime, reduce recidivism, and provide support for minor children. Objectives are:
* Provide support to facilities for staffing, equipment, tools, and resources to create child-friendly spaces
* Develop safety protocols and procedures for children who are visiting their incarcerated parents
* Develop a coordinated system for the provision of programs and services that support the needs of incarcerated parents and their children
Program deliverables include:
* Implement strategies that strengthen the relationships between incarcerated parents and their children while maintaining safe facilities
* Provide services that meet the needs of children of incarcerated parents
* Provide reentry and transitional services for incarcerated parents that focus on parental responsibility
Priority consideration to applications as follows:
* Applications that address specific challenges that rural communities face
* Applications that demonstrate that the individuals who are intended to benefit from the requested grant reside in high-poverty areas or persistent-poverty counties
* Applications that offer enhancements to public safety in economically distressed communities (Qualified Opportunity Zones (QOZs))
Amount: $5,000,000 is available to make up to 10 grants that range up to $750,000 for a duration of 36 months.
Eligibility: State governments; county governments; city and township governments.
Note: In FY21, all state, local, and university or college law enforcement agencies must be certified by an approved independent credentialing body or have started the certification process to be eligible for funding. To become certified, the law enforcement agency must meet two mandatory conditions: (1) the agency’s use of force policies adhere to all applicable federal, state, and local laws; and (2) the agency’s use of force policies prohibit chokeholds except in situations where use of deadly force is allowed by law. The certification requirement also applies to law enforcement agencies receiving DOJ discretionary grant funding through a subaward. For detailed information on this new certification requirement, please visit https://cops.usdoj.gov/SafePolicingEO
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