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President Trump signs the Formerly Incarcerated Reenter Society Transformed Safely Transitioning Every Person Act or FIRST STEP Act (HR 5682; public law number pending) to reform the federal prison system, including the authorization of $150 million annually in grant programs at the Justice Dept. to reduce prisoner recidivism. The recidivism funding comes from $50 million in new annual funding for vocational and rehabilitative programs and the reauthorization of the Second Chance Act (PL 110-199), which provides $100 million annually to promote successful prisoner reentry.
These funds support transitional housing assistance for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. Successful transitional housing programs will partner with other organizations to provide a wide range of supportive services, including counseling, support groups, child care, employment services and transportation vouchers.
The primary purpose of the Rural Program is to enhance the safety of rural victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking and support projects uniquely designed to address and prevent these crimes in rural areas. Victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking in rural communities face unique challenges and barriers to receiving assistance rarely encountered in urban areas, including geographic isolation, transportation barriers, economic structure, strong social and cultural pressures, and lack of available services in rural jurisdictions.
The program supports strategies targeted at adult or youth victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault or stalking from underserved populations (LGBT, deaf and religious/ethnic).
The program supports the development of culturally and linguistically relevant services for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. Those focusing on underserved populations and sexual assault receive preference.
Nonprofits use these funds to provide culturally and linguistically relevant services to victims of sexual assault. These funds may only be used for programs focused on sexual assault.
The Disability Grant Program focuses on ensuring effective services are available for individuals with disabilities and deaf individuals who are victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking.
The program encourages the coordinated involvement of the entire tribal criminal justice system and victim service providers to incorporate systemic change that ensures victim safety and offender accountability. These collaborations will ensure that non-Indians who commit crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, and violations of protection orders are held accountable.
Tribes uses these funds to develop comprehensive and coordinated approaches to public safety and victimization. All tribal-specific DOJ programs are included in this solicitation.
The LAV program increases availability of civil and criminal legal assistance for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. Funds may be used for direct legal services and training for lawyers and advocates. Those providing holistic services receive funding preference. Holistic representation goes beyond a victim’s need for a protection order and includes representation in other legal proceedings directly related to a client’s needs including: child support, child custody, legal separation/divorce, unemployment compensation, immigration matters, financial matters and housing.