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Second Chance Act: Adult Reentry Education, Employment, Treatment and Recovery Program

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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 16.812
Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice
Jun 22, 2021

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This program provides grants to enhance corrections systems' ability to address the education, employment, and substance use treatment needs of offenders in order to reduce recidivism, promote recovery, and, in the process, to improve public safety and public health.

Awards will be made in 3 categories:

  • Category 1: Improving correctional education by implementing or expanding education and vocational programs available in prisons and jails
  • Category 2: Improving employment services and connections by providing career training, subsidized employment, job readiness assessments, individualized case plans, and other services
  • Category 3: Improving the provision of drug treatment and recovery services to offenders with substance use disorders in prisons, jails, and juvenile facilities, including provision of prison-based family treatment programs to incarcerated parents of minor children or pregnant women

Priority consideration will be given to applications that promote civil rights, increase access to justice, support crime victims, protect the public from crime and evolving threats, and build trust between law enforcement and the community, as well as projects that are intended to benefit individuals who reside in high-poverty areas or persistent-poverty counties.


Eligible applicants include:

  • State and territorial governments
  • City and township governments
  • County governments
  • Federally recognized Tribal governments
  • Nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status, other than institutions of higher education
Geographic coverage
Nationwide and U.S. territories
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $900,000 per year
Project period: 3 years
Estimated number of awards: 27
Estimated total program funding: $24,300,000

Application process

Links to the full announcement, application instructions, and the online application process are available through

Applicants should submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in by the June 22, 2021 deadline.

Submit the full application, including attachments, in the JustGrants grants management system by the July 6, 2021 deadline.

Tagged as
Alcohol use · American Indian or Alaska Native · Children and youth · Criminal justice system · Educational attainment · Employment and unemployment · Families · Illicit drug use · Mental health · Poverty · Prescription drug misuse · Public health · Substance use and misuse

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