U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
04/13/20 11:59 PM Eastern Time
Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, IHEs, and state and local agencies for programs related to the criminal justice system. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding is intended for programs to enhance public safety by investigating reasonable claims of wrongful conviction and to identify the actual perpetrators of crimes, and to bring justice to victims.
By advancing methodologies and policies that address the underlying causes of wrongful convictions, URLPWC funding is intended to help prosecutors, law enforcement, defense counsel, and courts identify actual perpetrators and develop training tools, policies, and procedures that can prevent wrongful convictions. The reviews may also result in the identification of systemic issues related to prior practices and errors and/or new forensic practices that can contribute to preventing wrongful convictions. Public safety is adversely impacted by delays in the identification and apprehension of actual perpetrators. Exonerations based on false testimony, for example, primarily occur in murder cases, meaning that violent perpetrators remain on the street, potentially committing further crimes. URLPWC funding will support both the review of post-conviction claims of innocence and prosecutorial efforts to address violent crime and improve criminal prosecution, resulting in safer neighborhoods.
The Upholding the Rule of Law and Preventing Wrongful Convictions (ROL/WCR) Program is committed to protecting the integrity of the criminal justice system and the consistent application of due process for all. The ROL/WCR Program supports efforts by wrongful conviction review entities that represent individuals with post-conviction claims of innocence to review individual cases.
The objectives of the ROL/WCR Program are to:
The expected deliverables are to:
Jurisdictions with new or established WCR entities are encouraged to apply.
GrantWatch ID#: 183742
Expected Number of Awards: 12
- Award Ceiling: $300,000
- Award Floor: $0
- Period of performance start date: October 1, 2020
- Period of performance duration: 24 months
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