Second Chance Act Pay for Success Initiative

The U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs (OJP) is committed to advancing work that promotes civil rights and racial equity, increases access to justice, supports crime victims and individuals impacted by the justice system, strengthens community safety and protects the public from crime and evolving threats, and builds trust between law enforcement and the community. The Pay for Success Initiative is performance-based and outcomes-based programming that ties payment for services to reaching agreed-upon goals. Under this initiative, services that may be purchased include permanent supportive and various types of reentry services that are tailored to individuals leaving incarceration.

The Pay for Success Initiative is performance-based and outcomes-based programming that ties payment for services to reaching agreed-upon goals. Under this initiative, services that may be purchased include permanent supportive housing, as well as other types of reentry services that are tailored to individuals leaving incarceration, particularly those with substance use disorders. The overall goals of the FY 2022 SCA Pay for Success Initiative are to enhance public safety, lower recidivism, and improve the lives of individuals leaving the criminal justice system.

Pay for Success Initiative: Performance-based and Outcomes-based Contracting for Reentry Services

Category 1 awards focus on:

  • Enhancing already established performance-based and outcomes-based contracts to provide individualized reentry services for people leaving incarceration who are identified through a validated risk tool as being at moderate to high risk to reoffend in the community.
  • Managing the performance-based or outcomes-based reentry services contract, including data and report collection, regular performance and outcome reviews between governments and service providers, on- and offsite monitoring, outcomes validation, and incentive payment approvals.
  • Ensuring government staff and service providers have adequate training on performance-based or outcomes-based procurement, reentry services, data collection, and outcomes validation.

Pay for Success Initiative: Performance-based and Outcomes-based Contracting for Permanent Supportive Housing

Category 2 awards focus on:

  • Entering into performance-based or outcomes-based contracts to provide evidence-based, high-quality permanent supportive housing (PSH) to formerly incarcerated individuals who have a substance use disorder.
  • Managing the performance-based or outcomes-based PSH contract, including data and report collection, regular performance and outcome reviews between governments and service providers, on- and offsite monitoring, performance and outcomes validation, and incentive payment approvals.
  • Ensuring government staff and service providers have adequate training on performance-based or outcomes-based procurement, PSH, data collection, and outcomes validation.

For more information, see the most recent BJA grant solicitation.