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Eastern District Of North Carolina U.S. Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. Announces Nearly $60 Million in Grants Available to Support Prisoners’ Successful Reentry Into Their Communities

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of North Carolina

Robert J. Higdon, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announced today that nearly $60 million in Department of Justice grants is available to help communities address public safety by supporting successful reentry of adult and juvenile offenders into their communities.

“Our nation is facing difficult public safety challenges that demand strong and immediate action. The high rate of recidivism poses a dire threat to community safety and is being met with a robust response by this Administration,” said Katharine T. Sullivan, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs. “The Department of Justice is front and center in the fight to meet this persistent challenge. OJP is making historic amounts of grant funding available to ensure that our communities have access to innovative and diverse solutions.”

“Money supporting reentry programs is critical to the success of organizations working to reintegrate offenders back as productive members of society.  Since the vast majority of those in prison will one day be released, these funds will help that transition and reduce or eliminate the risk that the offender ends up back in the criminal justice system.  This, in turn, will reduce the numbers of those victimized by crime and the strain on the prisons across our District,” said United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr.

The funding is available through OJP, the federal government’s leading source of public safety funding and crime victim assistance in state, local and tribal jurisdictions. OJP’s programs support a wide array of activities and services, including adult and juvenile reentry initiatives and research projects designed to improve our knowledge of what works in reentry programming. 

A number of funding opportunities are currently open, with several more opening in the near future. 

Correctional Adult Reentry Education, Employment, and Recidivism Reduction Strategies Program

Total Available $7.2 million                                 Deadline 4/27/2020

Improving Community Supervision Outcomes Through Swift, Certain, and Fair Responses

Total Available $3 million                                    Deadline 4/28/2020

Improving Reentry for People with Substance Use Disorders Program

Total Available $13.2 million                              Deadline 4/27/2020

Innovations in Reentry Initiative: Building System Capacity & Testing Strategies to Reduce Recidivism

Total Available $4 million                                    Deadline 5/4/2020

Research and Evaluation on Promising Reentry Initiatives

Total Available $6 million                                    Deadline 5/5/2020  

Review and Validation of the First Step Act Risk Assessment Tool    

Total Available: Determined after selection    Deadline 4/10/2020

Second Chance Act Community-Based Reentry Program

Total Available $13.5 million                              Deadline 5/4/2020

Second Chance Act Evaluation Participation Support

Total Available $4 million                                    Deadline 4/28/2020

Second Chance Act Youth Offender Reentry Program

Total Available $7 million                                    Deadline 4/28/2020


For more information regarding all OJP funding opportunities, visit

Updated March 20, 2020