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Second Chance Act: Youth Offender Reentry Program

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)


    The Second Chance Act Youth Offender Reentry Program supports states, local governments, and tribal governments in partnership with interested persons (including Federal corrections and supervision agencies), service providers, and nonprofit organizations to provide comprehensive reentry services for moderate to high-risk youthful offenders before, during, and after release from confinement. Within the context of this initiative, reentry is viewed as an evidence-based process that begins while the offender is still confined and ends with their successful reintegration into the community. Successful reintegration is denoted by no criminal behavior, to include but not be limited to rearrests, at 6-month increments for up to 24 months post-release.

    In 2020, priority consideration will be given to grant applications that best:

    • Demonstrate a commitment to partner with a local evaluator to identify and analyze data that will enable the grantee to target the intended offender population and serve as a baseline for purposes of the evaluation;
    • Demonstrate a focus initiative on geographic areas with a disproportionate population of offenders released from prisons, jails, and juvenile facilities;
    • Include input from nonprofit organizations, in any case where relevant input is available and appropriate to the grant application; consultation with crime victims and offenders who are released from prisons, jails, and juvenile facilities; input and coordination with families of offenders; the juvenile justice coordinating council of the region; the reentry coordinating council of the region; or from other interested persons;
    • Demonstrate effective case assessment and management abilities in order to provide comprehensive and continuous reentry, including planning for prerelease transitional housing and community release that begins upon admission for juveniles and jail inmates, and, as appropriate, for prison inmates, depending on the length of the sentence;
    • Establishing prerelease planning procedures to ensure that the eligibility of an offender for Federal, tribal, or State benefits upon release is established prior to release, subject to any limitations in law, and to ensure that offenders obtain all necessary referrals for reentry services, including assistance identifying and securing suitable housing;
    • Delivery of continuous and appropriate mental health services, drug treatment, medical care, job training and placement, educational services, vocational services, and any other service or support needed for reentry;
    • Review the process by which the applicant adjudicates violations of parole, probation, or supervision following release from prison, jail, or a juvenile facility, taking into account public safety and the use of graduated, community-based sanctions for minor and technical violations of parole, probation, or supervision (specifically those violations that are not otherwise, and independently, a violation of law);
    • 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; or
    • Target moderate and high-risk offenders for reentry programs through validated assessment tools; or target offenders with histories of homelessness, substance abuse, or mental illness, including prerelease assessment of the housing status of the offender and behavioral health needs of the offender with clear coordination with mental health, substance abuse, and homelessness services systems to achieve stable and permanent housing outcomes with appropriate support service.

    As part of program services within the facility, youth are expected to be screened and assessed for needs and risk of re-offending. Based upon results of risk and needs assessment, it is expected that appropriate community-based program services are identified and coordinated at least 90-days prior to release. During the post-release phase of the reentry program, youth should receive case management services and be connected to evidence-based programming designed to ensure continuity of services and a safe and successful transition from placement to the community. Case management services and evidence-based programming should begin during the pre-release phase.


    History of Funding

    $7,000,000 was available in FY 2019.

    Additional Information

    Mandatory Requirements

    • Development of a comprehensive reentry strategic plan which describes the long-term strategy and incorporates a detailed implementation schedule, including the plans of the applicant to fund the program after Federal funding is discontinued. The comprehensive reentry strategic plan should contain a plan to assess inmate reentry needs and measurable annual as well as 3-year performance outcomes using, to the maximum extent possible, randomly assigned and controlled studies or rigorous quasiexperimental studies with matched comparison groups to determine the effectiveness of the funded program;
    • Identifies the local government role and the role of governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations that will be coordinated by, and that will collaborate on, the offender reentry strategy of the applicant, and certifies the involvement of such agencies and organizations;
    • Describes the evidence-based methodology and outcome measures that will be used to evaluate the program funded with a grant under this subsection, and specifically explains how such measurements will provide valid measures of the impact of that program and how the project could be broadly replicated if demonstrated to be effective;
    • Documentation that reflects explicit support of the chief executive officer, or their designee, of the State, unit of local government, territory, or Indian tribe applying for a grant under this subsection;
    • Discussion of the role of Federal corrections, State corrections departments, community corrections agencies, juvenile justice systems, and tribal or local jail systems will play in ensuring successful reentry of offenders into their communities;
    • Provide evidence of collaboration with State, local, or tribal law enforcement agencies and government agencies overseeing health, housing, child welfare, education, substance abuse prevention and treatment, victims services, and employment services;
    • Provide a plan for analysis of the statutory, regulatory, rules-based, and practice-based hurdles to reintegration of offenders into the community;  Include the use of a State, local, territorial, or tribal juvenile reentry task force to carry out activities funded under the grant;
    • Provide a plan for continued collaboration with a local evaluator, as necessary to meet the requirements under for evaluation under this grant program.
    • Demonstrate that the applicant participated in the planning grant process or engaged in comparable planning for the reentry project. 


    National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center

    National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center
    Bureau of Justice Assistance
    810 Seventh Street NW
    Washington, DC 20531
    (800) 851-3420
    (301) 240-5830

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are limited to states, local governments, or federally recognized Indian tribal governments. Applicants must work partnership with interested persons (including Federal corrections and supervision agencies), service providers, and nonprofit organizations.

    Deadline Details

    Applications are to be submitted by April 28, 2020. 

    Award Details

    Up to $7,000,000 is available in FY 2020. Nine awards of up to $750,000 each are anticipated. Project periods will extend up to 36-months, starting October 1, 2020. A cost match of 50% is required.

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