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U.S. Attorney Keefe Announces Nearly $60 Million In Grants Available To Support Prisoners' Successful Reentry Into Their Communities

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Florida

TALLAHASSE, FLORIDA – Lawrence Keefe, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida,
today announced that communities across northern Florida are eligible to apply for a portion of
nearly $60 million in Department of Justice grants nationwide that is available to help communities
address public safety by supporting successful reentry of adult and juvenile offenders into their

“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 (OJP). “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.”

“Our law enforcement efforts do our communities little good if the offenders we send away come back
only to resume their criminal activities,” added U.S. Attorney Keefe. “We must support programs
that help released offenders find a positive way to live within our communities, and this grant
program is an important tool to help produce that good result.”

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
       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

The United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Florida is one of 94 offices that
serve as the nation’s principal litigators under the direction of the Attorney General. To access
available public court documents online, please visit the U.S. District Court for the Northern
District of Florida
website. For more information about the United States Attorney’s Office,
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U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Florida
(850) 216-3845

Updated April 5, 2020