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[Apply Now] Second Chance Act Pay for Success Initiative

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance is seeking applications for the Second Chance Act Pay for Success Initiative: Outcomes-Based Contracting to Lower Recidivism and Homelessness. With two categories focusing on (1) reentry services and (2) permanent supportive housing (PSH) programs, this grant program will assist local, state, and tribal governments in converting reentry and PSH service contracts into outcomes-based contracts to ensure accountability and improve performance. The 54-month project period includes up to 12 months of initiating contracts and planning, followed by 36 months of implementation activities and 6 months of validating outcomes and developing a final report.

Applications are due October 15.

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With Second Chance Act Grant, Probation Officer Brings Positive Change to Maricopa County

Probation and parole officers play a critical role in supporting a person’s successful reentry to the community. And yet, officers are also often overworked, tasked with large caseloads, and experience trauma from the day-to-day requirements of their position. Despite these challenges, many officers have stepped up to become “agents of behavior change” in order to effectively help the people they supervise succeed. Arlyn Harris (above) brought that positive change to the Maricopa County Adult Probation Department in Arizona.


Massachusetts Set to Launch Behavioral Health Pilot to Reduce Risk of Recidivism

This pilot program stems from policy recommendations made during the state’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative in 2015. As a result of this initiative, Massachusetts invested more than $1 million in providing specialized treatment services to people who have substance addictions and/or mental illnesses and are at a high risk of reoffending.

Featured Resources

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Online Course: Ten Steps to Transforming Probation Departments to Reduce Recidivism

The American Probation and Parole Association has released an online course designed in partnership with the National Reentry Resource Center. The course provides a ten-step action plan to help a probation department visualize transformation of its practices from beginning to end.
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This policy brief highlights five emerging cross-systems strategies local law enforcement and homelessness response leaders can use to respond to people who experience unsheltered homelessness and have frequent contact with law enforcement

More Publications and Resources

Homeward Bound: The Road to Affordable Housing
National League of Cities
Los Angeles County Office of Diversion and Reentry's Supportive Housing Program: A Study of Participants' Housing Stability and New Felony Convictions
RAND Corporation
Re-Entry Housing Issues in Illinois: The Current Situation, Challenges, and Possible Solutions
Metropolitan Planning Council and the Illinois Justice Project
To Safely Cut Incarceration, States Rethink Responses to Supervision Violations
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Funding and Other Opportunities

Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program: Local Solicitation
Deadline: Aug. 23

Re-Employment Support and Training for the Opioid Related Epidemic Grant Program
DOL's Women’s Bureau
Deadline: Aug. 23
Innovations in Supervision Initiative: Community Corrections Collaborations to Reduce Violent Crime and Recidivism
BJA and the CSG Justice Center
Deadline: Aug. 30

Prison Research and Innovation Network
Urban Institute
Deadline: Oct. 1
There will be an informational webinar about this opportunity on Aug. 21 at 2:00 p.m. ET

Upcoming Events and Webinars

[Webinar] Improving Job Readiness and Retention for Higher Risk Populations
Aug. 28
50th Annual National Tribal Judicial and Court Personnel Conference
National American Indian Court Judges Association
Oct. 16–18, Prior Lake, MN
International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference and Exposition
Oct. 26–29, Chicago, IL
2019 Global Youth Justice Conference
Dec. 3–5, Las Vegas, NV

Media Clips

Markey, Koutoujian Push for ‘Game-Changer’ Opioid Treatment in Jails
The Sun—Massachusetts
Study Shows Link between Mental, Physical Health and Recidivism, Reincarceration
Warrant Resolution: Alternative Court Comes to the Range
Hibbing Daily Tribune—Minnesota
From Prison to Practice: Connecticut Man Hopes to Start Bar Association for Formerly Incarcerated Lawyers
CT Mirror—Connecticut
Women in Prison Find Purpose through Special Programs as IDOC Celebrates Declining Recidivism Rates
[Opinion] Reducing Recidivism for Defendants with Mental Illness
PM Magazine—National
Pennsylvania Joins Arizona in Universal License Recognition
The Council of State Governments—Pennsylvania and Arizona
Report: New Housing Policies Could Keep Ex-Cons from Ending Up Back in Prison, Save State Millions
Chicago Sun Times—Illinois
Stepping Up Grant: Initiative Targets Hospital Costs, Recidivism
The News Courier—Alabama
'No Judgment. We Just Run': Inside San Quentin's 1,000 Mile Club
The Guardian—California
State Agencies Provide Parole Agents with Early Learning Family Support Resources
Pennsylvania Department of Corrections—Pennsylvania

Money-Making Schemes That Ensnare Prisoners and Their Families
The Marshall Project—National
This project was supported by Grant No. 2016-MU-BX-K011 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the SMART Office. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.
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