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U.S. Department of Justice: Second Chance Act Technology-Based Career Training Program for Incarcerated Adults and Juveniles

Deadline: May 19, 2015

Programs funded under the Second Chance Act help ensure that the transition individuals make from prison and jail to the community is successful and promotes public safety. Securing employment can facilitate successful reentry for people leaving correctional facilities. However, there are many barriers people with criminal records encounter as they attempt to re-enter both the community and the workforce. Improving employment outcomes for this population can contribute to recidivism reduction and increased public safety.

The goal of this program is to increase the post-release employability of the incarcerated population in technology-based jobs. The objective of the program is to establish and provide career training programs for incarcerated adults and juveniles during the 6-24 month period before release from a prison, jail, or juvenile facility with connections to follow-up services after release in the community. Most U.S. career sectors have jobs which are technology-based, including computer and information technology occupations which solve computing, communication, and security challenges for private and public sector entities, but many jobs today have a heavy technology focus or require use of specialized technology in order to be fully functional. Training components should be relevant to specific technology-related needs of in-demand jobs within the geographic area to which the individuals will be returning. Each participant should receive an individualized reentry plan which addresses post-release transition services including employment support services.

Amount: Approximately 5 grants of up to $750,000 each. The project period is 3 years.

Eligibility: States, units of local government, territories, and federally recognized Indian tribes (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior). Eligible applicants must partner with a training entity (e.g., community college, job center, employer-sponsored training program) to provide technology-based job training in the identified confinement facility(ies).

Link: https://www.bja.gov/Funding/15SCATechCareersSol.pdf

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