Second Chance Act Prisoner Reentry Initiative

The Second Chance Act Programs are designed to help communities develop and implement comprehensive and collaborative strategies that address the challenges posed by offender reentry and recidivism reduction.

The Second Chance Act is a commonsense response to the increasing number
of people who are released from prison and jail and returning to communities.

There are currently 2.5 million people serving time in our federal and state prisons, and millions of people cycling through local jails every year.

Ninety-five percent of all prisoners incarcerated today will eventually be released and will return to communities.

Of those serving a sentence in state or federal prisons, approximately 750,000 will be released each year.

The Second Chance Act will help ensure the transition people make from prison or jail to the community is safe and successful.

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.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Alameda, County Of $ 800,000   2020-10-012024-09-30
Criminal Justice Coordinating Council $ 800,000   2020-10-012024-09-30
Hope Of Buffalo $ 800,000   2020-10-012024-09-30
Corrections, Missouri Department Of $ 2,180,250   2020-03-012024-09-30
County Of Ventura $ 2,200,000   2020-03-012024-09-30
Hamilton, County Of $ 2,200,000   2020-03-012024-09-30
Insight Garden Program $ 494,817   2019-10-012023-09-30
Judicial Branch, State Of Connecticut $ 613,957   2019-10-012023-09-30
Dallas County Community Supervision And Corrections Department $ 868,054   2019-10-012023-09-30
Parole, Nebraska Board Of $ 553,445   2019-10-012023-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

To facilitate offenders successful reintegration into society, the following sections of the Second Chance Act have been funded:
• State, Tribal, and Local Reentry Courts - authorizes the creation of state, local, and tribal reentry courts to monitor offenders and provide them with the treatment services needed to establish a self-sustaining and law-abiding life.

• Family-Based Substance Abuse Treatment - authorizes grants to states, local governments, and Indian tribes to develop and implement prison-based and family-based treatment programs for incarcerated parents who have minor children.
• Evaluate and Improve Education at Prisons, Jails, and Juvenile Facilities - authorizes a grant to study the effectiveness of educational programs in prisons and jails and identify best or promising practices.
• Technology Careers Training Demonstration Grants - authorizes grants to develop training programs for offenders no more than 3 years from release to find jobs in higher paying, technology-related jobs.
• Offender Reentry Substance Abuse and Criminal Justice Collaboration - authorizes grants to develop treatment programs to better address the needs of returning offenders with co-occurring substance abuse and mental health issues.
• Adult and Juvenile Demonstration - authorizes grants to states and local governments that may be used to promote the safe and successful reintegration into the community of individuals who have been incarcerated.

Allowable uses of funds include mentorship, housing, education and job training, engagement with community colleges, family programming, initiatives addressing victim priorities and restorative justice, research to improve the effectiveness of release and revocation decisions using risk assessment tools, and reentry court programs.

• Mentoring Grants to Nonprofit Organizations - authorizes grants to nonprofit organizations that may be used for mentoring of adult offenders or providing transitional services for reintegration into the community.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility


Beneficiary Eligibility



Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

The standard application form (SF-424), as furnished by the federal agency in accordance with 28 CFR, Part 66 (Common Rule), must be used for this program.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program