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U.S. Attorney For Southern Illinois Announces Nearly $60 Million in Grants Available to Support Prisoners' Successful Reentry Into Their Communities

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Illinois

U.S. Attorney Steven D. Weinhoeft of the Southern District of Illinois today announced the 
availability of nearly $60 million in Department of Justice grants 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.”

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,

Updated March 23, 2020