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Deadline: June 2, 2014

U.S. Department of Justice: Second Chance Act Two-Phase Adult Reentry Demonstration Program: Planning and Implementation

The goal of this program is to support jurisdictions to develop and implement comprehensive and collaborative strategies that address the challenges posed by reentry to increase public safety and reduce recidivism for medium to high risk individuals reentering communities from incarceration. Within the context of this initiative, “reentry” is not envisioned to be a specific program, but rather a process that begins when the individual is first incarcerated (pre-release) and ends with his or her successful community reintegration (post-release).

This process should provide the individual with appropriate evidence-based services—including addressing individual criminogenic needs—based on a reentry plan that relies on a risk/needs assessment that reflects the risk of recidivism for that offender. The reentry plan should reflect both specific and ongoing pre-release and post-release needs, and a strategy for ensuring that these needs are met throughout the duration of the reentry process.

Successful applicants under this solicitation will be required to complete a planning phase for their projects, and after BJA approval, will be authorized to begin the implementation phase of the project. Up to 6 months of the total project period can be used to complete planning details, with the remaining months used for implementation of the project.

Applicants under this solicitation must address each of the following requirements:

  1. Ability to track unique identifiers for participants, gain access to recidivism data, and report recidivism data, particularly returns to incarceration during the period 1 year after release.
  2. Engagement of a research partner to assist with a) finalization of strategic plan, b) data collection and analysis, c) finalizing the baseline recidivism rate, d) forecasting eligible program participant flow to ensure program utilization rates, and e) monitoring and evaluating performance. The research partner can be an independent consultant, or located in an academic institution, a state Statistical Analysis Center, or a research organization. The research partner should have demonstrated expertise conducting the type of work proposed.
  3. Provide a baseline recidivism rate for the proposed target population including documentation to support the development of the rate. All grantees will be required to provide a baseline recidivism rate upon award.

Priority consideration is given to applicants that:

  1. Focus their initiative on geographic areas with a disproportionate population returning from prisons, jails, and juvenile facilities.
  2. Provide for an independent evaluation of reentry programs that include, to the maximum extent possible, random assignment and controlled studies to determine the effectiveness of such programs.
  3. Demonstrate effective case assessment and management abilities to provide a comprehensive and continuous reentry process.
  4. Review and reform the process by which the applicant adjudicates violations of parole, probation, or supervision following incarceration, taking into account public safety and enhancing the use of swift, certain, graduated, and proportionate responses.
  5. Incorporate a “Pay for Success” model into their projects. Note that successful applicants can use the planning phase of their funded projects to develop a Pay for Success program model.
  6. Target high-risk individuals through validated assessment tools.
  7. Link grant-funded activities and services to affordable and supportive housing, leveraged through partnerships with non-profit housing agencies, public housing authorities, housing finance agencies, and Continuums of Care, particularly for those who are experiencing or at risk of chronic homelessness.
  8. Include input from nonprofit organizations, as relevant and appropriate, consultation with crime victims, and coordination with families of incarcerated individuals.

Applicants must apply in one of three categories, depending upon their jurisdictional status.

  • Category 1, Competition ID BJA-2014-3861: Units or components of state government agencies serving adults.
  • Category 2, Competition ID BJA-2014-3862: Units or components of county or city local government agencies serving adults.
  • Category 3, Competition ID BJA-2014-3863: Federally recognized Indian tribes and Alaska Native tribes and/or tribal organizations serving adults.

Amount: BJA anticipates that it will make awards of up to $750,000 each for a 24-month project period, with up to $150,000 available during the planning period.

Federal funds awarded under this program may not cover more than 50 percent of the total costs of the project being funded. Applicants must identify the source of the 50 percent non-federal portion of the total project costs and how they will use match funds. The recipient of a grant must provide a minimum of 25 percent of the total project cost in cash match, and 25 percent of the total project cost may be matched by making in-kind contributions of goods or services that are directly related to the purpose for which the grant was awarded.

Eligibility: Eligible applicants are limited to state and local government agencies and federally recognized Indian tribes (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior).  The target population for the initiative must be a specific subset of medium- to high-risk individuals as identified using a validated assessment tool, and convicted as an adult and incarcerated in a state, local, or tribal prison or jail. These individuals may include sex offenders, mentally ill individuals, or individuals dually diagnosed with major mental health disorders and alcohol or substance addictions at the same time, for participation in the funded program.

Link: https://www.bja.gov/ProgramDetails.aspx?Program_ID=90

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