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Second Chance Act Funding

Posted by on July 17, 2011

In fiscal year 2009, $25 million was appropriated for Second Chance Act programs, including $15 million for state and local reentry demonstration projects and $10 million for grants to nonprofit organizations for mentoring and other transitional services.

In fiscal year 2010, $114 million was appropriated for prisoner reentry programs in the Department of Justice, including $14 million for reentry initiatives in the Federal Bureau of Prisons and $100 million for Second Chance Act grant programs:

  • $37 million for reentry demonstration projects under Sec. 101 of the Second Chance Act
  • $15 million for mentoring grants to nonprofit organizations under Sec. 211
  • $10 million for reentry courts under Sec. 111
  • $7.5 million for family-based, substance abuse treatment under Sec. 113
  • $2.5 million for grants to evaluate and improve education in prisons, jails, and juvenile facilities under Sec. 114
  • $5 million for technology careers training demonstration grants under Sec. 115
  • $13 million for reentry substance abuse and criminal justice collaboration under Sec. 201
  • $10 million for reentry research under Sec. 245

In FY10, $108,493,000 was appropriated for prisoner reentry programs in the Department of Labor, including $15 million for a transitional jobs grant program.

On February 1, 2010, the Office of Management and Budget released the President’s Budget for fiscal year 2011, which includes $100 million for Second Chance Act grant programs administered by the U.S. Department of Justice. The President’s Budget is now under review in Congress. In March, 60 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. In April, 21 members of the Senate, led Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Sam Brownback (R-KS), submitted a letter of support for the Second Chance Act to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies.

On July 22, 2010, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved an appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2011 that allocates $50 million for Second Chance Act programs. The bill, which contains $29.9 billion in total budget authority, provides $3.7 billion for state and local law enforcement programs and also includes:

  • $11 million for the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act
  • $520 million for Byrne Justice Assistance Grants
  • $214 million for Byrne Discretionary Grants
  • $40 million for Byrne Competitive Grants
  • $586 million for Community Oriented Policing Service Grants
  • $45 million for drug courts
  • $20 million for residential substance abuse treatment for state prisoners
  • $300 million for the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program
  • $468 million for the Office on Violence Against Women
  • $490 million for juvenile justice and delinquency prevention
  • $468 million to prevent violence against women
  • $400 million to prevent, investigate, and prosecute crimes against children under the Adam Walsh Act
  • $841 million for the Crime Victims Fund

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