U.S. Department of Justice: Second Chance Act Community-Based Reentry Program
Second Chance Act Community-Based Reentry Program will provide grants to support reentry services and programs. The Program furthers work to reduce recidivism and combat violence by facilitating the successful reintegration of individuals returning from incarceration. it will support organizations 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. Grants will be awarded through two purpose areas.
- Category 1: Community-based Adult Reentry for Organizations serving Rural Communities
- Category 2: Community-based Adult Reentry for Organizations serving Non-Rural Communities
Grants may be used for:
- Mentoring adult offenders during incarceration, through transition back to the community, and post-release
- 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; and validated assessment tools to assess the risk factors of returning inmates
- Training regarding offender and victims’ issues
Participants are expected to be screened, assessed, and identified for program participation pre-release. 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 pre-release phase.
Amount: A total of $13,500,000 is available to make 18 awards that range up to $750,000 for a 3-year project period.
Eligibility: The following entities are eligible to apply: 1) Nonprofit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations); and 2) Federally recognized Indian tribes. Applicants must include a Memorandum of Agreement or Understanding that clearly demonstrates an established, collaborative relationship between the applicant and the correctional agencies.
Category 1 – Community-based Adult Reentry for Organizations Serving Rural Communities.
- Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to operating in and serving a rural area in the country. Rural is defined as (A) any area or community, respectively, no part of which is within an area designated as a standard metropolitan statistical area by the Office of Management and Budget; (B) any area or community, respectively, that is—(i) within an area designated as a metropolitan statistical area or considered as part of a metropolitan statistical area; and (ii) located in a rural census tract; or (C) any federally recognized Indian tribe.
- Target Population: The proposed program must commit to serving a minimum of 100 people that meet the target population requirements of this grant.
Category 2 Community-based Adult Reentry for Organizations Serving Non-Rural Communities.
- Target Population: The proposed program must commit to serving a minimum of 150 people that meet the target population requirements of this grant.
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