Reentry Court Grant Opportunities for County Jails

June 6th

The recent pubication of BJA’s reentry court RFP presents a variety of important options to the reentry court field.

Perhaps one of the most important facts to remember is that the grants are available to county jail as well as prison returnees.

County Sheriffs who may be facing an influx of prisoners to local jurisdictions (ie, California), should consider how $500,000 grants would lighten their burden. They can use the funds to provide services in custody, while inmates are in transitional housing, and/or when they are living in the community.

In that regard, it’s important to note who may apply: “states, units of local government, federally recognized Indian tribes, and non-profit entities that target adult populations.”

At a time when rehabilitation funds are drying up, this is an extraordinary opportunity to access as much as three years of federal funding for local alternative sentencing.

Each day this week, at least one new article will be published, focusing on a critical aspect of  the Reentry Court RFP

Remember, the RFP deadline is June 30th.

Second Chance funding for Reentry Courts in Doubt

April 25th

Reflecting a reduction of 17% for all Department of Justice programs, the Second Chance  Act for 2011 has been reduced to  $ 83 Millon from the $100 million budgeted for the Act in 2010. There is no word yet, whether there will be new funding for “Reentry Courts” as there was in 2010, or even continuation funds for Reentry Court programs that were funded under 2010 programs.

On Track: Reentry Court Funding For 2011

The Reentry Policy Council reports:

“In March, sixty members of the House of Representatives, led by Representatives Danny Davis (D-IL), Howard Coble (R-NC), and Bobby Scott (D-VA), submitted a letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies to request full funding for the Second Chance Act in fiscal year 2010.”

Note: $10 million for Reentry Courts remains a part of the $100 million dollar “Second Chance Act” bill for 2011.

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