The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) developed and currently administers Innovative Prosecution Strategies (IPS) as part of BJA’s “Innovations Suite” of crime fighting programs which include Police Innovations and Innovative Supervision. The IPS model builds off lessons learned from BJA’s former crime-fighting programs and is intended to assist prosecutors develop effective strategies and programs to address violent crime. IPS pairs an operational, results-focused researcher with a prosecutor’s office for the development of data-driven solutions to create effective, efficient, and fair prosecution strategies to improve public safety.
One of the intended outcomes for IPS is the development of a rich body of knowledge for use by prosecutors nationally as they seek to work with communities to solve chronic problems and fight violent crime. IPS also encourages the exploration of new solutions to public safety concerns, as well as address internal operations and organizational structure, while employing research partners at the problem definition stage through assessment of strategies and solutions.
Through previous BJA funding, some creative solutions developed by prosecutors around the country centered on:
Justice Department Is Awarding Almost $320 Million to Combat Opioid Crisis
View a fact sheet to learn about the FY 2018 awards made for BJA-specific programs, including the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program, Innovative Prosecution Solutions, Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program, and others.
Anticipated FY 2019 Solicitations that Support Law Enforcement
This resource highlights different law enforcement solicitations that are expected to be available from BJA in FY 2019, including opportunities that relate to body-worn cameras, human trafficking investigations, opioids, school safety, and more.
Eligible applicants are limited to state, local, and tribal prosecutor agencies or a government agency or nonprofit organization as fiscal agent for the applicant.
BJA welcomes applications that involve two or more entities that will carry out the funded federal award activities; however, one eligible entity must be the applicant and the others must be proposed as subrecipients. The applicant must be the entity with primary responsibility for administering the funding and managing the entire project. Only one application per lead applicant will be considered; however, a subrecipient may be part of multiple proposals.
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Innovative Prosecution Strategies sites work closely with BJA, as well as the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA), and Aequitas, the two training and technical assistance partners, to support prosecutor’s offices. APA and AEquitas, working directly with BJA, provide services to each site which include the following: host meetings; facilitate peer-to-peer exchanges of information; provide relevant subject matter expertise; deliver training programs and produce reports. These efforts guide agencies and strengthen their IPS program as they implement innovative, evidence-based prosecution strategies to ensure public safety.
Visit the BJA National Training and Technical Assistance Center website for additional information about BJA training and technical assistance services.
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See the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys site for news related to the Innovative Prosecution Strategies program.
Smart Prosecution Solicitation Released
BJA has released funding through the FY 2017 Smart Prosecution Initiative. This program seeks to build upon analysis-driven, promising practices, and evidence-based prosecution by encouraging state, local, and tribal prosecutorial agencies to develop effective, economical, and innovative responses to crime within their jurisdictions. Apply by: January 26, 2017.
Smart Prosecution TTA Funding Available
Funding is now available through BJA's Smart Prosecution Initiative Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Program. The purpose of this grant announcement is to select one provider to deliver, nationwide, a wide range of TTA services to agencies participating in Smart Prosecution. Apply by: January 26, 2017.
Police-Prosecution Partnership Initiative Solicitation Released
BJA is seeking applications for the Police-Prosecution Partnership Initiative. Part of BJA's Smart Suite, this program seeks to build upon analysis-driven, evidence-based crime reduction and response strategies by encouraging state, local, and tribal law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies to partner in an effort to create effective and innovative responses to precipitous increases in crime within their jurisdictions. Applications are due April 19, 2016.
BJA has released the FY 2016 Smart Prosecution Initiative solicitation. This program seeks to build upon analysis-driven, evidence-based prosecution by encouraging state, local, and tribal prosecutorial agencies to develop effective, economical, and innovative responses to crime within their jurisdictions. Applications are due March 28, 2016.
Innovative Prosecution Solutions for Combating Violent Crime and Illegal OpioidsApplication Deadline: 04/24/2018, 11:59 PMBJA is seeking applications for the Innovative Prosecution Solutions Program. This program furthers the Department’s mission by assisting state and local jurisdictions in addressing violent crime. Innovative Prosecution Solutions is part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Suite of programs, which is focused on reducing violent crime.Solicitation
Smart Prosecution Initiative FY 2017 Competitive Grant AnnouncementApplication Deadline: 01/26/2017, 11:59 PMThis program seeks to build upon analysis-driven, promising practices and evidence-based prosecution by encouraging state, local, and tribal prosecutorial agencies to develop effective, economical, and innovative responses to crime within their jurisdictions.Solicitation
Smart Prosecution Initiative Training and Technical Assistance Program FY 2017 Competitive Grant AnnouncementApplication Deadline: 01/26/2017, 11:59 PMThe purpose of this opportunity is to select one provider to deliver, nationwide, a wide range of training and technical assistance services to agencies participating in Smart Prosecution.Solicitation
The Police-Prosecution Partnership Initiative FY 2016 Competitive Grant AnnouncementApplication Deadline: 04/19/2016, 11:59 PMBJA is seeking applications for the Police-Prosecution Partnership Initiative. This program furthers the Department’s mission by assisting state and local jurisdictions in reducing crime and improving the functioning of the criminal justice system.Solicitation
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