Second Chance Act

The Second Chance Act (SCA) supports state, local, and tribal governments and nonprofit organizations in their work to reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for people returning from state and federal prisons, local jails, and juvenile facilities. Passed with bipartisan support and signed into law on April 9, 2008, SCA legislation authorizes federal grants for vital programs and systems reform aimed at improving the reentry process.

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) funds and administers the Second Chance Act grants. Within OJP, the Bureau of Justice Assistance awards SCA grants serving adults, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention awards grants serving youth. Since 2009, more than 800 awards have been made to grantees across 49 states.

The NRRC works collaboratively with the Second Chance Act Technical Assistance (TA) providers. The TA providers are:

Corrections and Community Technical Assistance Center
American Institutes for Research
Contact: Lisa Hutchinson lhutchinson@air.org

Education and Employment Technical Assistance Center
Vera Institute of Justice
Contact: Margaret diZerega mdizerega@Vera.org

Behavioral Health, Housing, and Family Supports Technical Assistance Center
Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center
Contact: Nicole Jarrett njarrett@csg.org

Second Chance Act FAQs

Who is eligible to apply for grants?

Depending on the specific Second Chance Act grant program, state and local government agencies, federally recognized Indian tribes, and nonprofit organizations may be eligible to apply. Please review the pages on each grant program to determine eligibility.

When can I apply for grants?

Solicitations for Second Chance Act applications are typically released throughout the first half of each calendar year. Please subscribe to updates from the National Reentry Resource Center to hear about these solicitations and other funding opportunities.

Second Chance Act Technical Assistance

SCA Orientation Webinars

Depending on the specific Second Chance Act grant program, state and local government agencies, federally recognized Indian tribes, and nonprofit organizations may be eligible to apply. Please review the pages on each grant program to determine eligibility.

See Webinars

SCA Planning and Implementation Guides

Depending on the specific Second Chance Act grant program, state and local government agencies, federally recognized Indian tribes, and nonprofit organizations may be eligible to apply. Please review the pages on each grant program to determine eligibility.

See Guides