The U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), through The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, is inviting proposals from states, localities, and federally recognized tribal jurisdictions to serve as models for probation and/or parole partnerships with law enforcement and/or prosecuting agencies to reduce violent crime and recidivism among people under supervision. The primary applicant should be a probation and/or parole agency with an existing partnership with a law enforcement and/or prosecuting agency.
BJA is dedicating $500,000 to each of three selected learning sites over the course of two years to complete the following objectives: (1) inform the development of a model and related guide focused on best practices to reduce violent crime and recidivism and (2) expand or improve existing collaborations with criminal justice partners.
For the purpose of this grant program, technical assistance will be delivered by CSG Justice Center staff and key partners from the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, National Association of Probation Executives, National Police Foundation, and George Mason University’s Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence. The CSG Justice Center and partner organizations will work with selected sites to engage in strategic planning, understand and assess existing partnerships, create or strengthen data sharing methods, and develop policies and procedures to enhance related partnerships focused on reducing violent crime and recidivism. Information and data gathered from site visits and technical assistance during this process will then be used to inform the development of a model or related guide that outlines best practices for community corrections-led partnerships that reduce violent crime and recidivism.
Proposals for this grant program—which should be no longer than 10 pages—should be submitted to Andrea Lee, senior policy analyst at the CSG Justice Center, at email@example.com by Thursday, March 7, 2019. The application should include a narrative that
- Defines the violent crime and/or recidivism problem the partnership is trying to address;
- Demonstrates an existing partnership with law enforcement and/or prosecuting agencies that has reduced violent crime and/or recidivism by people on probation or parole supervision;
- Describes how the partnership’s ability to reduce violent crime and/or recidivism will be enhanced through this grant program;
- Demonstrates the agency’s and partners’ commitment to best and promising practices;
- Describes how project partners currently collect and share data, including outcome and evaluation data, if applicable; and
- Demonstrates that the primary applicant can track and report all proposed budget items.
After review of the proposals, applicants will be notified of award decisions on or around April 11, 2019.