Second Chance Act Statewide Recidivism Reduction Grant Program

The Second Chance Act Comprehensive Statewide Adult Recidivism Reduction (SRR) Program was uniquely designed by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), U.S. Department of Justice, to help executive-branch policymakers and state corrections departments plan and implement system-wide reforms to reduce recidivism.

Taking a Statewide Approach

Following an intensive and collaborative planning and evaluation process, this grant brings resources to bear that will improve collaboration with various stakeholders across Iowa, advance evidence-based practices, and enhance staff training. This project is designed to be self-sustaining, resulting in long-term recidivism reduction well beyond the project end date.

John Baldwin, Director, Iowa Department of Corrections

The SRR Grants have helped the Department of Corrections and other state agencies, both criminal justice and service oriented, come together with the common goal of increasing public safety while reducing recidivism in the State of Georgia. The grants have been a great resource for our agency over the last two years and we look forward to continued collaboration with the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Council of State Governments.

Brian Owens, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Corrections

Unlike grants that support programming for a small subset of the population, the SRR program can empower corrections administrators to impact recidivism statewide through sustainable policy and procedural changes.

A.T. Wall, Director, Rhode Island Department of Corrections

The SRR program helped our state analyze the drivers of recidivism and develop a data-driven plan. The investments made through this program can result in better outcomes for people leaving prison and for the communities to which they return.

Vermont State Senator Richard Sears

As a former state legislator I recognize the importance of data driven decision making and of implementing proven strategies to address complex issues. This project is expected to significantly reduce offender recidivism, resulting in lower costs to taxpayers, improved quality of life for offenders, and most importantly reduced victimization in Iowa communities.

Steve Lukan, Director, Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy

The SRR program helped Kansas continue to build a statewide recidivism reduction system, with strong emphasis on fidelity, data and evaluation and quality assurance.

Ray Roberts, Secretary, Kansas Department of Corrections

SRR empowered Illinois to bring together diverse stakeholders and develop innovative strategies for gaining a better understanding of the drivers of recidivism and how to address them ... Our goal is to implement evidenced-based practices across the state’s criminal justice spectrum.

S. A. Godinez, Director, Illinois Department of Corrections
Field-Wide Resources

BJA SRR Funded States Map

How the Statewide Recidivism-Reduction Program Can Make a Difference in Your State

Reducing Recidivism: States Deliver Results

Recidivism Reduction Checklist

Project Background

The SRR program was developed by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), U.S. Department of Justice in direct response to the challenges that leaders from all 50 states articulated during a 2011 national forum on reentry and recidivism. During that unprecedented event, corrections administrators from every state brought teams of corrections directors, reentry coordinators and other leaders together in Washington, DC, to set recidivism-reduction goals tailored to local needs, to develop research-driven plans to achieve those goals, and to identify measures to track their progress. 


The Statewide Recidivism Reduction Program is supported by the leadership and support of a public-private partnership involving the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance, the American Probation and Parole Association, the National Governor’s Association, and the Association of Correctional Administrators.