Visit the Funding and Training Opportunities page to see a list of open solicitations, including those for Second Chance Act (SCA) and Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP) grants. SCA funding supports state, local, and tribal governments and nonprofit organizations in their work to reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for people returning from state and federal prisons, local jails, and juvenile facilities. JMHCP funding helps states, local government, and tribal organizations improve their responses to people with mental disorders who are involved with the criminal justice system.
“They knew I had a record, but I was never judged,” Haley George said. “They don’t treat me like I’m a number at that plant, they treat me like I’m a person.”
Second Chance Act Spotlight: Grant Awards Help Iowa Corrections Officers Focus Efforts to Improve Reentry Outcomes
By focusing the job of corrections officers on reducing recidivism, the Iowa DOC aimed to use resources in the best way possible, ensure that correctional practices were based on evidence, and track outcome data.
Watch: Gov. Reynolds of Iowa Meets Face to Face with People Incarcerated at a Maximum Security Facility
During their visit, Gov. Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg met with inmates participating in Iowa’s largest apprenticeship program, in addition to leading a roundtable discussion with many of the program’s stakeholders and local business leaders where they discussed the importance of providing reentry services and employment opportunities for those being released from prisons and jails.