Second Chance Act: Adult Reentry Education, Employment, Treatment and Recovery

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)


    The Second Chance Act: Adult Reentry Education, Employment, Treatment and Recovery Program is designed to improve correctional educational and employment services for general inmate populations and to improve treatment services for offenders with substance use disorders. This will in turn help reduce recidivism, and promote public safety and recovery.

    The purpose of the program is to enhance corrections systems' ability to address the substance use treatment needs of offenders as well as expand education and employment programs that emphasize strong partnerships with corrections, parole, probation, education, workforce development, and reentry service providers. This will work to reduce recidivism, promote recovery, and enhance employment prospects for incarcerated adults reentering the workforce. These partnerships can support the establishment and improvement of academic and vocational education programs and career training programs available in prisons and jails. Overall these efforts will improve public safety and public health. Programs should be focused on the 3-year period before release, as well as upon transition and reentry into the community.


    History of Funding

    None is available.

    Additional Information

    Goals and Objectives.

    Category 1: Improving Correctional Education:

    • Improve the academic and vocational education programs available to offenders in prisons and jails.
    • Implement or expand educational and vocational programs for incarcerated adults that result in improved educational outcomes, as measured by literacy attainment, high school equivalence, high school and higher education diplomas, certifications, and other credentials.
    • Demonstrate increased collaboration between educational providers and corrections, community supervision providers, and other reentry stakeholders.

    Category 2: Improving Employment Services and Connections:

    • Provide career training, including subsidized employment, when part of a training program, to prisoners and reentering adults.
    • Implement or expand job readiness assessments, individualized case plans, and employment-related services for incarcerated adults that result in improved job readiness, employment attainment, and retention.

    Category 3: Improving Substance Use Treatment Services and Supports for Adults with Substance Use Disorders:

    • Enhance corrections systems' ability to address the substance use treatment needs of offenders in order to reduce recidivism, promote recovery, and, in the process, to improve public safety and public health.
    • Improve the provision of substance use disorder treatment to people in prisons and jails, through the reentry process, including during a period of parole or court supervision if applicable.
    • Provide prison-based family treatment programs for incarcerated parents of minor children or pregnant women. Note: the target population for services under Category 3 can include people with substance use disorders as well as people with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.


    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 City or township governments, County governments, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, and State governments.

    Deadline Details

    In FY 2021, applications will be submitted to DOJ in a NEW two-step process.

    • Step 1: Applicants will submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in at by June 22, 2021, 11:59 p.m. ET.
    • Step 2: Applicants will submit the full application including attachments in JustGrants at by July 6, 2021, 11:59 p.m. ET.

    To be considered timely, the full application must be submitted in JustGrants by the JustGrants application deadline.

    Award Details

    Approximately $24,300,000 is available in total funding. Awards are $900,000. Project period is up to 36 months beginning on October 1, 2021. Cost sharing/matching is not required.

    • Improving Correctional Education: Seven awards will be granted.
    • Improving Vocational and Employment Services: Eight awards will be granted.
    • Improving Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services: Twelve awards will be granted.

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