DOJ – Smart Reentry: Focus on Evidence-Based Strategies for Successful Reentry from Incarceration to Community (2017)

Applications Due: March 14, 2017, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time

Description:  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 individuals reentering communities from incarceration who are at medium to risk for recidivating. 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 reduction in risk of recidivism and community reintegration (post-release). This process should provide the individual with appropriate evidence-based services including reentry planning that addresses individual criminogenic needs identified through information obtained from an empirically validated risk/needs assessment that also reflects the risk of recidivism for each individual. 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.

Funding Title:    BJA FY 17 Smart Reentry: Focus on Evidence-Based Strategies for Successful Reentry from Incarceration to Community

Agency Name:  Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance

Funding Opportunity Number: BJA-2017-11541

Funding Instrument Type:    Grant

Express Language for Legal Aid:  Yes, civil legal services is listed as an allowable use of funds for the implementation phase of the project:

“Civil legal assistance can often play a critical role in addressing barriers to successful reintegration. Second Chance Act funds may be used for referrals to and payment of legal services related to the purpose of the grant, such as: securing a driver’s license, expunging criminal records, litigating inappropriate denials of housing or employment and violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, creating and/or modifying child support orders, and other family law services that help stabilize individuals and families.”

Target Population:  Formerly incarcerated individuals

Expected Number of Awards: 6

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement: Yes

How to Apply:  Applicants must register in, and submit applications through, a primary source to find federal funding opportunities and apply for funding. Find complete instructions on how to register and submit an application at Applicants that experience technical difficulties during this process should call the Customer Support Hotline at 800-518-4726 or 606-545-5035, which operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, except on federal holidays.

Current Closing Date for Applications: March 14, 2017 

Estimated Total Program Funding:  $6,000,000

Award Ceiling: $1,000,000

Award Floor:  $0

Eligible Applicants:   State and local government agencies and federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior). BJA welcomes applications under which two or more entities would carry out the federal award; however, only one entity may be the applicant.

Link to Full Announcement:   Here 

Contact Information: For technical assistance with submitting an application, contact the Customer Support Hotline at 800-518-4726 or 606-545-5035, or via email to

Categories: Department of Justice, Employment, Express Language for Legal Aid, Government Organizations, Native American Tribes or Tribal Organizations, Reentry, Subgrant Possibilities

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