U.S. Department of Justice Announces FY2017 Second Chance Act Awards to Support Reentry Initiatives for Adults and Youth

The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced $36 million in FY2017 Second Chance Act (SCA) grants that were awarded to 68 jurisdictions across the country.

Second Chance Act Participant Spotlight: Sharon Hadley, Harris County, Texas

When Sharon Hadley arrived at Santa Maria Hostel in July 2012, she had just completed the latest in her decade-long string of sentences for drug-related offenses. “Now that I look back over my life, I can see how the wheels started coming off even before I really knew it," Hadley said. "I recidivated 13 times. Each incarceration was longer and longer, and I was more and more hopeless.”

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.

Funding & Announcements

Register for Webinar: Juvenile Record Clearance–2017 Legislative Reforms

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 28
Time: 2–3:30 p.m. ET

Apply Now: NIC’s Norval Morris Program on Corrections Innovation

Nominations are being solicited from agencies implementing innovative correctional practices or policies.

Apply Now: FY18 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation

Funding for federally recognized tribes to help develop comprehensive approaches to public safety and victimization.

Apply Now: RFK National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice Training Institute

This new training institute features a portfolio of on-site training opportunities that address critical topics in juvenile justice.

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Leveraging the Every Student Succeeds Act to Improve Educational Services in Juvenile Justice Facilities

January 30, 2018

This policy brief provides state and local policymakers as well as education and juvenile justice leaders with information about how they can use requirements under the Every Student Succeeds Act to improve education and workforce outcomes for youth in long-term juvenile justice facilities.

Planning and Implementing a Reentry Program for Clients with Co-Occurring Disorders: A Toolkit

Topics in the toolkit include assessing the size of the reentry population, engaging partners and encouraging collaboration, using data and working with research partners, and adjusting the program model based on data and research.

Reforming Criminal Justice

This presentation focuses on findings and policy recommendations related to behavioral health challenges in the state.

Leading with Conviction: The Transformative Role of Formerly Incarcerated Leaders in Reducing Mass Incarceration

This report, published by JustLeadershipUSA and the Center for Institutional and Social Change at Columbia Law School, documents the roles of formerly incarcerated leaders engaged in work related to reducing incarceration and rebuilding communities.

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