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U.S. Attorney Bill Powell 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 West Virginia

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – U.S. Attorney Bill Powell today announced 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.

“Reducing the national recidivism rate is an important part of the Attorney General’s Project Safe Neighborhood initiative. While holding people accountable for their crimes, we must also work to prevent them from reappearing in our courtrooms by assisting those exiting the prison system with education and other resources,” said Powell.

“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.” 

 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 Response
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 19, 2020

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