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Second Chance Act Pay For Success Initiative: Outcomes-based Contracting to Lower Recidivism and Homelessness

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Date Published
February 2024
2 pages

This fact sheet describes Second Chance Act-supported program aimed at lowering recidivism and homelessness, providing details on the program purpose, eligible entities, approach and objectives, funding amount, award period, and highlighting featured grantees from 2019 and 2021.


This brief fact sheet describes the Second Chance Act (SCA) Pay for Success (PFS) Initiative which aims to support outcomes-based contracting (OBC) to lower criminal recidivism and homelessness, and improve outcomes for youth and adults leaving detention and incarceration. The document provides details on the purpose of PFS, entities that are eligible to apply, and program approach and objectives including information about planning, contracting, and implementation support. Funding amount is stated as having a maximum of $1,000,000 per award, with an award period of 54 months. The fact sheet also provides more information about the Bureau of Justice Assistance, which helps state, local, and tribal jurisdictions to reduce and prevent crime, lower recidivism, and promote a fair and safe criminal justice system.