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U.S. Department of Justice: Second Chance Act Community-Based Reentry Program

Deadline: March 16, 2021

The Community-Based Reentry Program will support programs to implement or expand on reentry programs that demonstrate strong partnerships with corrections, parole, probation, and other reentry service providers. These partnerships should develop comprehensive case management plans that directly address criminogenic risk and needs, as determined by validated criminogenic risk assessments, and include delivery or facilitation of services. The goal of the program is to stabilize communities by reintegrating offenders into the community and reducing recidivism. Objectives are:

Develop comprehensive case management plans that directly address criminogenic risks and needs, as identified by validated criminogenic risk assessments, and include delivery or facilitation of services in a manner consistent with participants’ learning styles and abilities.
Demonstrate increased collaboration between community- and faith-based organizations and corrections, community supervision, law enforcement, and other local reentry stakeholders

Grants made under this program may be used for:

1. Mentoring adult offenders during incarceration, through transition back to the community, and post-release.

2. Transitional services to assist in the reintegration of offenders into the community, including:
* Educational, literacy, and vocational services and the transitional jobs strategy
* Substance use disorder treatment and services
* Coordinated supervision and services for offenders, including physical health care and comprehensive housing and mental health care
* Family services
* Validated assessment tools to assess the risk factors of returning inmates

3. Training regarding offender and victims’ issues.

Prerelease access: Participants are expected to be screened, assessed, and identified for program participation prerelease. During the post-release phase of the reentry program, participants will receive case management services and be connected to evidence-based programming designed to assist in the transition from prison or jail to the community so that it is safe and successful. Where feasible, case management services and evidence-based programming should begin during the prerelease phase.

Amount: $12,750,000 is available to make awards that range up to $750,000. The performance duration is 36 months.

Eligibility: Native American tribal governments; nonprofits with 501(c)(3) status; other.
Other notes: 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 FY 2021 DOJ discretionary grant 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, visit https://cops.usdoj.gov/SafePolicingEO to access the Standards for Certification on Safe Policing for Safe Communities, Implementation Fact Sheet, and List of Designated Independent Credentialing Bodies.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=330929


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