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Justice Department Awards $94 Million in Second Chance Act, Drug Court Grants

October 6, 2015

The Department of Justice has released grants for the following programs:

  • Second Chance Act. On October 1, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice awarded $53 million in Second Chance Act (SCA) grants to state, local, and tribal organizations in 45 jurisdictions to reduce recidivism among adults and youth after confinement. OJJDP grant award programs support reentry services for Latino/a youth; help reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for young fathers returning to their families and communities; strengthen families and children of incarcerated parents; implement reentry systems reform; and support efforts to improve outcomes for juveniles under community supervision. In addition, the National Reentry Resource Center will continue to offer resources for grantees.

  • Adult, Family, and Juvenile Drug Courts. On October 5, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice announced more than $41 million in grants to support adult, family, and juvenile drug courts nationwide. OJJDP awarded $4 million to 10 jurisdictions in support of the Juvenile Drug Courts Addressing Systematic Barriers program and $2 million to the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges to bring together "Juvenile Drug Court Communities of Practice" to ensure positive outcomes and treatment for youth dealing with substance abuse. In addition, OJJDP provided nearly $1.6 million to support five family drug court statewide system reform efforts based on "Guidance to States: Recommendations for Developing Family Drug Court Guidelines," an OJJDP-sponsored publication. OJJDP also provided $1 million to the Family Drug Court Training and Technical Assistance program.

Resources:

Visit the Office of Justice Programs' reentry resource page.

Learn more about the Second Chance Act.

Learn more about reentry and other OJJDP programs.

Find out about the National Drug Court Resource Center.

View and download the OJJDP bulletin "Juvenile Drug Courts: A Process, Outcome, and Impact Evaluation."

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