The U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is now accepting applications for the Innovations in Reentry Initiative. The purpose of this grant program is to provide local jurisdictions and federally recognized tribal governments with the resources and training and technical assistance (TTA) necessary to identify assets and gaps in their local reentry systems, and to develop capacity and partnerships with other justice agencies to provide services that prevent recidivism, reduce crime, and improve public safety in their jurisdictions.
This program supports the development and implementation of comprehensive and collaborative reentry strategies to improve public safety and reduce recidivism among people reentering the community who are at medium to high risk for recidivating. Within the context of this initiative, “reentry” is not a specific program, but rather a process that begins while the person is incarcerated (prerelease) and ends with his or her reintegration into the community (post-release). This process should provide the person with appropriate evidence-based services—including reentry planning—that address individual criminogenic needs identified through empirically validated risk and needs assessments that also reflect the risk of recidivism for each individual. The reentry plan should reflect specific and ongoing prerelease and post-release needs, and a strategy for ensuring that these needs can be met throughout the duration of the reentry process.
BJA expects to make up to eight awards of up to $1,000,000 each, including up to $200,000 for the initial 12-month planning period and up to $800,000 for the 24-month implementation period, to begin on the date when the planning period is concluded. All awards are expected to begin on or about October 1, 2018, for a program period of 36 months.
To learn more about this opportunity, see the solicitation. Applications are due by June 25, 2018.