Second Chance Act Reentry Initiative
Goals: The SCA supports state, local, and tribal governments and non-profit organizations in their work to reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for people returning from state and federal prisons, local jails, and juvenile facilities. Objectives: There are currently over 2.2 million individuals serving time in federal and state prisons, and millions of people cycle through local jails every year. Of those in state and federal prison, approximately 95 percent will be released and return to communities across the nation. A majority of these individuals have needs that, if unaddressed in prison, during the reentry process, and after release, will negatively impact their ability to live productive, pro-social, crime-free lives in the community. These needs include housing and employment challenges, relationship and family issues, and substance abuse and mental health problems. The Second Chance Act of 2007 (Pub. L. 110-199) helps to address these significant challenges by providing comprehensive responses to the significant number of incarcerated adults who are returning to communities from prison, jail, and juvenile residential facilities. Programs funded under the Second Chance Act help to promote public safety by ensuring that the transition individuals make from prison and jail to the community is successful. Please see the BJA website at https://www.bja.gov/ for more information on Second Chance Act programs.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2019
n FY19, Second Chance Act will compete 4 grant programs for state, local, and tribal governments as well as nonprofit organizations. In addition, 3 solicitations will be released to establish cooperative agreements with national technical assistance provider organizations. Collectively, BJA anticipates over 400 applications for approximately 40 grant awards and cooperative agreements.
Second Chance Act Demonstration Programs 34 USC 10631; Pub. L. No. 115-141, 132 Stat 348, 421; and an act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice in the current fiscal year. Second Chance Act Mentoring 34 USC 60531; Pub. L. No. 115-141, 132 Stat 348, 421; and an act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice in the current fiscal year. Second Chance Act Family-Based Treatment 34 USC 10591; Pub. L. No. 115-141, 132 Stat 348; and an act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice in the current fiscal year. Second Chance Act Tech Careers 34 USC 60511; Pub. L. No. 115-141, 132 Stat 348; and an act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice in the current fiscal year. Second Chance Act Treatment & Justice Collaboration 34 USC 60521; Pub. L. No. 115-141, 132 Stat 348, 421; and an act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice in the current fiscal year. Second Chance Act Research 34 USC 60511 et seq.; Pub. L. No. 115-141, 132 Stat 348; and an act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice in the current fiscal year. Second Chance Act Prosecution Alternatives Program 34 USC 10581; and an act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice in the current fiscal year. Second Chance Act Pay for Success Pub. L. No. 110-199; and an act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice in the current fiscal year., Title Second Chance Act, Public Law 115-141, 34 U.S.C. 10631, Statute 132,348, 421
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
See current solicitation at the Office of Justice Programs website http://ojp.gov/funding/Explore/CurrentFundingOpportunities.htm.
See current solicitation for requirements at the Office of Justice Programs website http://ojp.gov/funding/Explore/CurrentFundingOpportunities.htm
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. See the current fiscal year's solicitation available at http://www.ojp.gov/funding/solicitations.htm or www.bja.gov.
Upon approval by the Assistant Attorney General, letters and an award package are sent to the grantee. One copy of the grant award must be signed by a duly authorized representative and returned to BJA.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
See the current fiscal year's solicitation available at http://www.ojp.gov/funding/solicitations.htm or www.bja.gov.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria are described in the current fiscal year's solicitation available at http://www.ojp.gov/funding/solicitations.htm or www.bja.gov
How may assistance be used?
• Adult and Juvenile Technology Careers Training Demonstration Grants – authorizes grants to develop training programs for individuals that are no more than 6 - 18 months prior to release from a prison, jail, or juvenile facility to find jobs in higher paying, technology-related jobs.
• Adult Offender Reentry Substance Abuse and Criminal Justice Collaboration (Co-Occurring Disorders) – authorizes grants to develop treatment programs to better address the needs of returning individuals with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health issues.
• Adult Demonstration – authorizes grants to states, 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.
• Adult Mentoring Grants to Nonprofit Organizations – authorizes grants to nonprofit organizations that may be used for mentoring of adults or providing transitional services for reintegration into the community.
• Statewide Adult Recidivism Reduction – authorizes grants to state correctional agencies (state departments of corrections or community corrections) or State Administering Agencies (SAAs).
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
To assist in fulfilling the Departments responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), Public Law 103-62, and the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010, Public Law 111–352, recipients must provide data that measures the results of their work.
See 2 CFR 200 for the government-wide requirements for maintenance of records by grant recipients.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Contingent upon program goals and objectives, generally 36-48 months. Please contact the program office for more information.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Bureau of Justice Assistance
810 Seventh Street, NW
Washington, DC 20531 US
202-616-6500 or 1-866-859-2647
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 18$69,005,755.00; FY 19 est $87,500,000.00; FY 20 est $85,000,000.00; FY 17$49,045,026.00; FY 16$48,127,386.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Varies, see solicitation guidelines posted on the Office of Justice Programs web site at http://www.ojp.gov/funding/solicitations.htm or www.bja.gov.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Solicitation guidelines are posted on the Office of Justice Programs web site at http://www.ojp.gov/funding/solicitations.htm. For additional guidance reference the Department of Justice Grants Financial Guide (www.ojp.usdoj.gov/financialguide/DOJ/index.htm ) and Post award Instructions (www.ojp.usdoj.gov/funding/pdfs/post_award_instructions.pdf). Applicable OMB Circulars and Department of Justice regulations applicable to specific types of grantees can be found in title 2 of the Code of Federal Regulations (2 C.F.R.).
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2018
The Innovations in Supervision Initiative is one of the grant programs funded by the SCA and is designed to improve the capacity of probation and parole agencies to improve supervision outcomes and therefore reduce crime and recidivism among adults under supervision. The strategies and activities of grantees vary. In FY18, Multnomah County, OR received a grant to use the HEAT (Habilitation, Empowerment, Accountability Therapy) model, with 110 gang-involved African American males with violent crime convictions. The project design includes expanding access and enhancements to HEAT groups, implementing training and support models to ensure fidelity to HEAT, and conducting law enforcement training modules. Grant funding will also provide for contracting with Volunteers of America for mentors with lived experience to participate in group and offer one-on-one support. Training of law enforcement personnel will additionally enhance collaboration and alignment of goals for success of the participants.Fiscal Year 2019
Innovations in Reentry Initiative; Innovations in Supervision Initiative; Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Illness: Community-based Adult Reentry.