DOJ – Second Chance Act – Two-Phase Adult Reentry Demonstration Program (2014)


A majority of over 3.3 million individuals who have served time in federal and state prisons and returned to communities have needs that will negatively impact their ability to live productive, pro-social, crime-free lives in the community. The Second Chance Act of 2007 (Pub. L. 110-199) helps to address these significant. This program, funded under the Second Chance Act, helps to promote public safety by ensuring that the transition individuals make from prison and jail to the community is successful. Section 211 of the Act authorizes grants to nonprofit organizations and federally recognized Indian tribes that may be used for comprehensive wrap-around services/programs which incorporate the use of trained mentors to promote the safe and successful reintegration into the community of adults who have been incarcerated. Section 101 of the Second Chance Act authorizes federal awards to state and local governments and federally recognized Indian tribes that may be used for demonstration projects to promote the safe and successful reintegration into the community of individuals who have been incarcerated or detained.

Funding Title:    BJA FY 14 Second Chance Act Two-Phase Adult Reentry Demonstration Program: Planning and Implementation

Agency Name:    Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance

Funding Instrument Type:     Grant

Express Language for Legal Aid:    Yes

Target Population:

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.

Expected Number of Awards:

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement:    No

How to Apply:     Applicants must register with prior to submitting an application

Current Closing Date for Applications:   Jun 2, 2014

Estimated Total Program Funding:          

Award Ceiling:  $750,000

Award Floor:    $0

Eligible Applicants:

State governments

Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)

City or township governments

County governments

Priority Consideration:    

Applicants who:

(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 (see definitions). This would be people who have been in jail or prison for 90 days or less that were living on the streets or in an emergency shelter prior to entry and who have a long history of cycling between short-term stays in jail and homelessness.

(8)    Include input from nonprofit organizations, as relevant and appropriate, consultation with crime victims, and coordination with families of incarcerated individuals.

Policy and Regulations on Use of Funding:

Current/Past Funding Recipients:      2013

Samples of Successful Application:

Link to Full Announcement:

Contact Information:    For technical assistance with submitting an application, contact the Customer Support Hotline at 800-518-4726 or 606-545-5035, or via e-mail to The Support Hotline hours of operation are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except federal holidays.

Categories: Department of Justice, Employment, Express Language for Legal Aid, Government Organizations, Native American Tribes or Tribal Organizations, Pass-Through Funds/ Block Grants, Reentry, Subgrant Possibilities

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