H.R. 3372 would authorize the appropriation of $10 million each year over the 2022-2026 period for the Department of Justice (DOJ) to provide grants to nonprofit organizations to fund community reentry centers. Those facilities would provide services and assistance to individuals returning to a community after conviction or incarceration. DOJ would report to the Congress annually on the effectiveness of the grant program. The bill also would authorize the appropriation of $1.5 million annually over the 2022-2026 period for DOJ to provide grants to state, tribal, and local governments to operate phone and text message hotlines which would direct individuals to community reentry services.
Using information from DOJ and historical rates of spending for similar grant programs, CBO estimates that implementing H.R. 3372 would cost $40 million over the 2021-2026 period, with the remaining amount spent after 2026. Such spending would be subject to the availability of appropriated funds.
The costs of the legislation, detailed in Table 1, fall within budget function 750 (administration of justice).