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FY 2020 Improving Community Supervision Outcomes Through Swift, Certain, and Fair Responses

Grants to USA Local, State, and Tribal Agencies for
Innovative Programs to Reduce Recidivism

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

Conf. Date:

03/31/20

Deadline Date:

04/28/20 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA and territories local, tribal, and state government agencies to develop innovative strategies to reduce recidivism. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Priority will be given to initiatives that reduce gun violence among people under community supervision who are identified together with local and/or state law enforcement.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is seeking applications for funding state, local, and tribal community supervision agencies to develop and test new or enhanced applications of the swift, certain, and fair principles of intervention to reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for people under community supervision. This program furthers the Department’s mission by reducing the number of crimes committed by people under community supervision, which in turn enhances the safety of law enforcement officers and the communities they serve, decreases readmissions to prisons and jails, and saves taxpayer dollars. 

The SCF principles of intervention:

  • Swiftness—responding to behavior promptly so that people under supervision connect the response to their behavior.
  • Certainty—ensuring that sanctions and rewards are applied with consistency and predictability.
  • Fairness—making sanctions proportionate to negative behavior and rewards appropriate to positive behavior. 

BJA will make up to four awards to pursue the following objectives:

  • Develop and implement supervision strategies based on the SCF principles, including
    responding to both positive and negative client behaviors.
  • Reduce crime committed by, and improve outcomes for, people under supervision.
  • Identify a target population for the SCF initiative using a collaborative, data driven
    process that responds to local circumstances. 
  • Assemble an SCF team that has the authority to implement the required elements of the project, including decisionmaking authority concerning the terms of supervision and the capacity to assess and effectively intervene with the target population (e.g., issue and serve warrants quickly, drug testing capacity, and access to jail beds, treatment, and other services, as needed).
  • Evaluate the efficacy of the SCF strategies to reduce recidivism and improve outcomes
    for people under community supervision.

For details on program priorities, see: https://bja.ojp.gov/sites/g/files/xyckuh186/files/media/document/bja-2020-17096.pdf#page=5

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 188421

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$3,000,000

Number of Grants:

4

Estimated Size of Grant:

Estimated maximum dollar amount for each award $750,000

Term of Contract:

Period of performance start date October 1, 2020
Period of performance duration 48 months

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following entities are eligible to apply:

• States
• Units of local government
• Federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior)

In this solicitation, “state” means any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. (See 34 U.S.C. 10251.)

All recipients and subrecipients (including any for-profit organization) must forgo any profit or management fee.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Event Dates March 31, 2020, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
All times are Eastern Time unless noted otherwise.
Location Online

During this webinar, the Swift Certain Fair (SCF) Resource Center and BJA will provide an overview of the FY 2020 SCF Responses funding opportunity for probation, parole, pretrial, and other community-supervision practitioners. The SCF Center and BJA will be available to answer questions.

For more information and to register: https://bja.ojp.gov/events/improving-community-supervision-outcomes-through-swift-certain-and-fair-responses-fy-2020

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. eastern time on April 28, 2020

Applicants must register with Grants.gov at https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/register.html prior to submitting an application. To be considered punctual, an application must be submitted by the application deadline using Grants.gov, and the applicant must have received a validation message from Grants.gov that indicates successful and timely submission. OJP urges applicants to submit applications at least 72 hours prior to the application due date, to allow time for the applicant to receive validation messages or rejection notifications from Grants.gov, and to correct in a timely fashion any problems that may have caused a rejection notification.

Prior to Registering in Grants.gov, applicants must:
- Acquire a DUNS Number
- Acquire or renew registration with SAM

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=324944

For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov link above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center:
Toll-free: 800–851–3420
TTY: 301–240–6310 (hearing impaired only)
Email: grants@ncjrs.gov
Fax: 301–240–5830
Web chat: https://webcontact.ncjrs.gov/ncjchat/chat.jsp.

CFDA Number:

16.828

Funding or Pin Number:

BJA-2020-17096

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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