The Department of Justice has made grant awards totaling more than $110.7 million to reduce recidivism and support adults and youth returning to their communities after confinement. The Office of Justice Programs' Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) are giving the funds to state and local governments, non-profit organizations, research institutions and other agencies to back evidence-based approaches to reintegrate former inmates into communities. “We are committed to ensuring that formerly incarcerated individuals get the treatment, training and support they need," said Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta.
DOJ called expanding reentry opportunities a "key priority" of the Biden administration, saying it is "actively engaged in eliminating barriers to successful reentry, helping formerly incarcerated individuals compete for jobs, attain stable housing and support their families. In fiscal year 2021, BJA is providing $94 million to adult reentry and recidivism reduction programs. More than $60 million is being awarded through Second Chance Act programs, which are designed to help communities implement strategies to address reentry and recidivism challenges.