Funding and Training Opportunities

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.

Tennessee Woman Finds Support, Hope in ‘Work Family’ After Returning Home from Jail

February 26, 2018

“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

April 3, 2018

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.

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Returns on Investments in Recidivism-Reducing Programs

May 18, 2018

This policy brief from the White House's Council of Economic Advisors discusses the economic costs of crime and the effectiveness of programs to reduce recidivism

An Overview of Offender Reentry

May 1, 2018

This publication provides an overview of reentry literature, reentry outcomes, and the initiatives that may work to improve public safety.

Incentivizing Employers to Hire Ex-Offenders: What Policies Are Most Effective?

March 6, 2018

This report focuses on the employment benefits of policies that incentivize firms to hire people with nonviolent felony criminal records.

Recidivism Reconsidered: Preserving the Community Justice Mission of Community Corrections

March 1, 2018

The report recommends using more than just recidivism data to assess justice policies and encourages the use of more flexible and positive outcome measures, including an increased focus on criminal desistance and the social integration of people on probation or parole.

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Responding to the 2018 SCA Addressing the Needs of Incarcerated Parents with Minor Children Solicitation

May 3, 2018

In this webinar, representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the National Reentry Resource Center review the Addressing the Needs of Incarcerated Parents with Minor Children grant program and application process.

Young Adult Justice: Emerging Research and Innovative Practices

This webinar discusses emerging research and innovative practices related to improving outcomes for young adults in the justice system.

Reducing Barriers to Employment—Building Partnerships with Civil Legal Aid

April 11, 2018

This webinar explores how civil legal interventions can reduce the number of obstacles to employment facing jobseekers who have criminal records by helping them expunge or seal old records, reinstate driver’s licenses, modify child support orders, and secure certificates of rehabilitation.

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