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U.S. Department of Justice: Second Chance Act Reentry and Mentoring Program

Deadline: July 5, 2017

The U.S. Department of Justice is seeking applications for funding under the Second Chance Act to provide grants to nonprofit organizations and Indian tribes to provide reentry services and programs. This program furthers the Department’s mission by providing services and programs to reduce recidivism by facilitating the successful reintegration of formerly incarcerated individuals as they return to their communities.

The Second Chance Act Comprehensive Community-Based Adult Reentry Program supports organizations providing comprehensive reentry services to program participants who are 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 ensure that the transition from prison or jail to the community is safe and successful.

The goal of this program is to support community-and faith-based organizations in developing and implementing comprehensive and collaborative programs that support people who are reentering communities from incarceration and are at medium to high risk of reoffending. The objective of this program is for grantees to develop comprehensive case management plans for individuals reentering their communities. Plans should incorporate supervision requirements, and services attendant to criminogenic and other needs, including delivery or facilitation of services in a manner consistent with participants’ learning styles and abilities. A required deliverable of this program is a Planning and Implementation (P&I) Guide—to be completed in consultation with the BJA technical assistance provider—comprising a problem analysis, logic model, and summary of strategies and intended outcomes.

To be eligible to receive an award under this solicitation, an applicant must demonstrate in its application compliance with the following five mandatory program components:

  1. Memorandum of Agreement (MOA or MOU). An MOA or MOU must be provided that clearly demonstrates an established collaborative relationship between the applicant and the correctional agencies that: 1) oversee the specific facility or facilities from which the applicant proposes to recruit the target reentering population, and 2) oversee community corrections (probation and/or parole) for the target population.
  2. Integration of Risk and Needs Assessment. Applicants must use, or collaborate with a corrections agency to use, information gathered from an empirically validated assessment tool(s) to determine the risk level and identify the criminogenic needs of the individuals to be referred to the program.
  3. Target Population. The number of individuals to be served must be at least 150. The target population for the program must be a specific subset of: Medium to high risk individuals as identified using a validated assessment tool; aged 18 or older and convicted as an adult; and incarcerated in a state, local, or tribal prison or jail at the time of enrollment in the program. For federally recognized Indian tribes, the individuals may be housed in a tribal, regional, county, or local jail pursuant to state or tribal law.
  4. Baseline Recidivism Rate. Applicants should include a baseline recidivism rate for the proposed target population, specifying the definition used (e.g. arrest, conviction, reincarceration) and including documentation to support the development of the rate.
  5. Plan to Measure Outcomes. Articulate a clear plan to track program participant outcomes for at least 12 months following release. This plan must describe the process for obtaining information about recidivism from the relevant law enforcement, correctional and/or community corrections agencies.

Priority consideration will be given to applicants that provide for an independent evaluation of the project that includes, to the maximum extent feasible, random assignment of individuals to program delivery and control groups.

Amount: Up to 8 awards of up to $1,000,000 each for a 3-year grant period.

Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations (including tribal nonprofit organizations) with a documented history of providing comprehensive, evidence-based reentry services, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior).

Link: https://www.bja.gov/

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