Prisoner Reentry Initiative Demonstration (Offender Reentry)

The Offender Reentry Initiative (Reentry Grant Program) is a combined federal effort to assist jurisdictions in facing the challenges presented by the return of offenders from prison to the community.

The goal is to support the effective delivery of pre-release assessments and services, and to
develop transition plans in collaboration with other justice and community-based agencies and providers, for supervised and non-supervised non-violent offenders.

The current initiative addresses the continuing problem of offenders entering the community after incarceration with little or no surveillance, accountability, or resource investment.

Agency - Department of Justice

The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interest of the United States, ensuring public safety against threats foreign and domestic; providing Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeking just punishment for those guilty of unlawful pursuits; and ensuring fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

Program Accomplishments


Uses and Use Restrictions

The Reentry Initiative encourages the development of model reentry programs that begin in correctional institutions and continue through an offender's transition (release) to and stabilization in the community.

These programs provide for individual reentry plans that address issues confronting offenders as they return to their communities.

The initiative encompasses three phases and is implemented through appropriate programs.

Phase 1-Protect and Prepare: Institution-Based Programs, Phase 2-Control and Restore: Community-Based Transition Programs Phase 3-Sustain and Support: Community-Based Long-Term Support Programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

An applicant must select a lead agency responsible for the operational aspects of the grant.

The applicant must also establish a multidisciplinary collaborative partnership, which includes members of faith-based and/or community organizations; e.g., State and local corrections agencies, the State and local mental health and substance abuse agencies, and the State and local Workforce Investment Boards (WIB).

The partnership must select the lead agency to serve as the applicant and the fiscal agent or grantee.

If the lead agency designates another to serve as fiscal agent, the lead will remain as grantee with ultimate responsibility for the grant.

The lead agency and/or fiscal agent must be a State or tribal agency's unit of government.

Federally Recognized Indian Tribes must establish a partnership that includes (but is not limited to) entities or agencies that address corrections, criminal justice, law enforcement, employment services, substance abuse, and mental health.

Tribes may involve State level agencies as their key partners, although this is not a requirement.

Eligibility is limited to jurisdictions in which grants were awarded to community- and faith-based organizations through the U.S.

Department of Labor's FY 2005 Prisoner Reentry Initiative (See

State agencies are encouraged to partner with local and regional jails when submitting applications, or to serve as a pass-through for funding.

All applicants must coordinate applications with their community- and faith-based partners.

Beneficiary Eligibility

State, units of local government, and federally recognized tribes.


The applicant must submit a completed Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424), including signed assurances that it will comply with statutory and administrative requirements. The applicant is also required to submit a description that includes the goals of the program, the implementation process, timetable for implementation, how the State will coordinate substance abuse treatment activities at the State and local levels, and the State's law or policy requiring substance abuse testing of individuals in correctional residential substance abuse treatment programs.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

A considerable amount of preapplication coordination is required amongst the required and suggested stakeholders.

For State applicants, this program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

The Offender Reentry Program (Prisoner Reentry Initiative (PRI)) strengthens urban communities characterized by large numbers of returning, nonviolent prisoners.

With the support of several federal agencies, PRI is designed to reduce recidivism by helping returning inmates find work and access other critical services in their communities.

Application Procedures

All competitive grant applications must be submitted electronically at:

Award Procedures

All applications will be peer reviewed. The BJA Director will then make award recommendations to OJP's Assistant Attorney General, who will make a final determination.


See solicitation for deadline. Faxed or mailed applications or supplemental materials will not be accepted.


H.R. 5548, as approved under H.R. 4577, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2001, 42 U.S.C. 3793w, Public Law No. 90-351, Title I, Part FF.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Applications will generally be approved or denied within 120 days of receipt of a completed application.




Subject to congressional appropriations.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

A minimum 25 percent match is required for PRI; federal funding for this project may not exceed 75 percent of the total project costs. Contributions may be cash, in-kind services, or a combination of both.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Up to 20 awards of $450,000 will be made under the PRI program depending on the availability of funding. The minimum project period is 24 months; the maximum project period is 36 months.

Post Assistance Requirements


Recipients are required to submit quarterly Financial Reports, and semi-annual Progress Reports.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 24, 1997), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. Performance Measures: To assist in fulfilling the Departments responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA), P.L. 103-62, applicants who receive funding under this solicitation must provide data that measures the results of their work.


In accordance with the requirement set forth in 28 CFR Parts 66 and 70, grantees must maintain all financial records supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to the award for at least 3 years following the close of the most recent audit.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $14,879,140; FY 08 $11,750,000; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Not available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Program Application Kit and Questions and Answers posted regularly on the OJP website at

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance, 810 Seventh Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20531. Contact Robert Hendricks, Policy Advisor. Telephone: (202) 616-6500 or (1-866) 859-2687 or by E-mail:

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

See solicitation for selection criteria and required elements.

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