U.S. Department of Justice: Second Chance Act Comprehensive Community-Based Adult Reentry Program
The Second Chance Act Comprehensive Community-based Adult Reentry Program supports organizations providing comprehensive reentry services to program participants throughout their transition from jail or prison to the community. The Program seeks applications to implement or expand on reentry programs that demonstrate strong partnerships with corrections, parole, probation, law enforcement, 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 in a manner consistent with the learning styles and abilities of the participants. This includes ensuring cognitive behavioral programming is in place pre-release, whether by the lead applicant or a partnering agency.
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.
Applicants should document plans to demonstrate the impact of their collaborations and the services provided for their proposed programs via performance monitoring throughout the life of grant period. Offenders enrolled into the program must be identified if they are arrested and
booked on a new charge, convicted of a new crime, had a revocation of the terms identified by community corrections supervision, and or were re-incarcerated. Applicants are encouraged to explore outcomes such as program engagement, family reunification and stability, financial
literacy/economic stability, housing stability, and other outcomes in addition to recidivism reduction.
There are two categories of grants supported by this program:
- Category 1 – Community-based Adult Reentry
- Category 2 – Community-based Adult Reentry with Small and Rural Organizations
Amount: An estimated $11,500,000 is available to make up to nine awards of up to $1,000,000 each for Category 1, and up to five awards of up to $500,000 each for Category 2. The project period is 48 months.
Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations (including tribal nonprofit organizations) with a documented history of providing comprehensive, evidence-based reentry services, and federally recognized Indian tribes.
Eligibility is also based on Category, as follows:
- Category 1 – Community-based Adult Reentry. The proposed program must commit to serving a minimum of 150 people that meet the target population requirements of this grant.
- Category 2 – Community-based Adult Reentry with Small or Rural Organizations. Applicants must demonstrate an annual operating budget of $1,000,000 or less and not be a chapter or affiliate of a national organization. Special consideration will be given to those organizations operating in and serving a rural area of the country. The proposed program must commit to serving a minimum of 75 people that meet the target population requirements of this grant.
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