U.S. Department of Justice: Second Chance Act Addressing the Needs of Incarcerated Parents With Minor Children

January 14, 2020

Deadline: March 10, 2020

The Second Chance Act Addressing the Needs of Incarcerated Parents With Minor Children program will provide funding to support states and units of local government to develop programs within detention or correctional facilities to respond to the needs of incarcerated parents who have children younger than age 18. This program supports activities that foster positive family engagement between incarcerated parents and their children within detention and correctional facilities, and implement programs and services that support the children of incarcerated parents to reduce the likelihood of antisocial behaviors and future involvement in the juvenile justice system.

The goal of the program is to assist states and localities in developing or expanding services that meet the needs of incarcerated parents and their children. Programs proposed should aim to prevent violent crime, reduce recidivism, and provide support for minor children. In addition to engaging incarcerated parents and their children, this program supports the delivery of transitional reentry services, including services to minor children, upon release of the incarcerated parent.

Specific objectives include the following:

  • Provide support to facilities for staffing, equipment, tools, and resources to create child-friendly spaces
  • Develop safety protocols and procedures for children who are visiting their incarcerated parents
  • Develop a coordinated system for the provision of programs and services that support the needs of incarcerated parents and their children

Program deliverables include the following:

  • Implement strategies that strengthen the relationships between incarcerated parents and their children while maintaining safe facilities
  • Provide services that meet the needs of children of incarcerated parents
  • Provide reentry and transitional services for incarcerated parents that focus on parental responsibility

Applications proposing activities in the following areas will be given priority consideration:

  • Addresses the specific challenges that rural communities face
  • Encouraging program investments in economically distressed communities (Qualified Opportunity Zones)

Amount: A total of $5,000,000 is available to make up to 10 awards that range from $500,000-$750,000. The project period is 36 months.

Eligibility: States (including territories) and units of local government. A unit of local government is defined as:

  • Any city, county, township, town, borough, parish, village, or other general purpose political subdivision of a state
  • Any law enforcement district or judicial enforcement district that: (i) is established under applicable state law, and (ii) has the authority to, in a manner independent of other state entities, establish a budget and impose taxes
  • For the purposes of assistance eligibility, any agency of the government of the District of Columbia or the federal government that performs law enforcement functions in and for: (i) the District of Columbia, or (ii) any Trust Territory of the United States

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=323595