Fiscal Year 2021 Second Chance Act Programs

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Second Chance Act (SCA) funding from the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance supports state and local agencies in reducing recidivism and improving outcomes for youth and adults leaving detention and incarceration to return to their communities. This webinar discusses the SCA programs funded for fiscal year 2021:

SCA Community-Based Reentry Program
Closing Date: April 27, 2021

This program supports community- and faith-based organizations in developing and implementing comprehensive and collaborative programs that support people who are reentering communities from incarceration who are at medium to high risk of reoffending, to reduce recidivism, and to improve public safety.

Smart Probation: Innovations in Supervision Initiative
Closing Date: 
April 27, 2021

This program seeks to improve the capacity and effectiveness of community supervision agencies to increase probation and parole success rates and to reduce the number of crimes committed by those under probation and parole supervision, which would in turn reduce admissions to prisons and jails and save taxpayer dollars.

SCA Pay for Success
Closing Date: 
April 30, 2021

This program supports state, local, and tribal governments in enhancing or implementing performance-based and outcomes-based contracts with reentry, permanent supportive housing, or recovery housing providers to reduce recidivism and to address the substance use disorders affecting formerly incarcerated people.

Innovations in Reentry Initiative
Closing Date:
April 27, 2021

This program will help jurisdictions assess their reentry system, identify strengths and gaps, and then build capacity for either improving reentry systems generally or improving service delivery by implementing or expanding a reentry program.

SCA Adult Reentry Education, Employment, Treatment, and Recovery Outcomes Program
The purpose of the program is to enhance the ability of corrections systems to address the substance use treatment needs of offenders as well as to expand education and employment programs that emphasize strong partnerships with corrections, parole, probation, education, workforce development, and reentry service providers. Stay tuned to for release of this solicitation.

Learn more about these opportunities [PDF] and access additional information to support applications for FY 2021 SCA funding.