Apply Now: Second Chance Act Adult Reentry and Employment Strategic Planning Program

BJA logoThe U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is accepting applications for the Adult Reentry and Employment Strategic Planning Program, which is funded through the Second Chance Act. Several years ago, BJA initiated a pilot project, called the “Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies” project, that sought to test an innovative approach to reduce recidivism and increase job readiness for people returning to communities after incarceration as well as to integrate best practices in reentry and employment. This grant program will provide funding for strategic planning to replicate the framework developed in the pilot project.

Eligible applicants are limited to state correctional agencies (state departments of corrections, parole, or probation), state administering agencies (SAAs), and federally recognized tribal governments.

To learn more about this opportunity, see the solicitation. Applications are due by June 18.


Webinar about Responding to the Solicitation

In this webinar, representatives from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the National Reentry Resource Center review the new grant program on adult reentry and employment. BJA will award planning grants of $200,000 to as many as six applicants to develop strategic plans that are comprehensive, collaborative, and multi-systemic in their approach to increasing public safety by reducing recidivism and improving the employability of people returning to communities after incarceration.


For more information about best practices in integrating corrections and workforce development, please see Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies: Reducing Recidivism and Promoting Job Readiness and The Integrated Reentry and Employment Strategies Pilot Program: Four Questions Communities Should Consider When Implementing a Collaborative Approach.