Federal & Foundation Assistance Monitor

New Law Reauthorizes $150M Annually for Recidivism Programs

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.

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