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Success Story: Expanding Access to Probation Services in Coconino County

With funding support from BJA, the Coconino Online Probation Education (COPE) program supports clients living in outlying areas of Coconino County, Arizona, through services such as a virtual mentoring initiative, providing clients with a support system that may otherwise be lacking. See the Success Story for details.


Funding Webinars – Participate and Access Materials

To assist potential applicants interested in applying for funding opportunities, BJA has hosted several solicitation-specific webinars as well as Grant Applicant Education Series webinars. Visit the BJA Funding Webinars page to learn about upcoming webinars and to access presentation files for and YouTube links to watch previously held webinars.


Awards Announced to Support Offenders Returning to Communities

The Office of Justice Programs (OJP) has announced awards totaling more than $74.5 million to reduce recidivism among adults and youth returning to their community after confinement. View the press release to learn more about the grants awarded by BJA and other OJP bureaus and offices.


Over $55.8 Million Awarded to Support Offenders Returning to Communities

OJP has announced awards totaling more than $55.8 million to reduce recidivism among adults and youth returning to their communities after confinement. The awards include more than $39.3 million under BJA's Second Chance Act suite of grant programs. Read the press release and corresponding fact sheet for additional details.


The following resources provide information on implementing evidence-based strategies for probation and parole:

The following resources provide information about how the Affordable Care Act may impact probation and parole agencies:

Eligibility
Applicants are limited to states, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior). BJA welcomes applications that involve two or more entities; 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, subrecipients may be part of multiple proposals.

BJA Funding Webinars
In early 2019, BJA hosted the following educational webinars to assist potential applicants interested in applying for FY 2019 funding opportunities:

  • Funding Opportunities for Your Community in 2019: An Overview of What's Ahead
  • The First Steps to Applying, Prepare Now
  • The Federal Funding Process: What New and Seasoned Applicants Should Consider
  • Submitting Your Application: Avoid These Common Mistakes

BJA also hosted webinars about specific solicitations. Visit the BJA Funding Webinars page to learn more about the webinars and for access to webinar recordings and presentations.

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The National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC) provides technical assistance to help ISI grantees make the most of their federal grant dollars to support sustainable, successful, and evidence-based probation and parole initiatives. Since the NRRC was launched in 2009, it has provided support to each of the more than 600 Second Chance Act (SCA) grantees—state, local, and tribal government agencies, as well as nonprofit organizations—that offer a range of services to various adult and juvenile target populations. The NRRC can:

  • Connect grantees to research and resources, learning opportunities, and outside expertise through a library of publications, tools, and news items on reentry, regular distance learning opportunities (e.g., webinars) with national practitioners and academic experts, and individual consultation with subject matter experts and experienced practitioners.
  • Support implementation through on- and off-site technical assistance.
  • Link grantees to peers by hosting peer learning forums as well as referrals to peers and past SCA recipients with similar programs and objectives; holding forums to publicize grantees’ work and to facilitate learning from the work of peers; and organizing a national technical assistance and training conference dedicated to reentry during the first year of the grant.

Visit the National Reentry Resource Center for additional information.

Heather Tubman-Carbone, Ph.D.
Senior Policy Advisor
(202) 514-1158
E-mail: heather.tubman-carbone@usdoj.gov

Innovations in Supervision Initiative (ISI) Overview, BJA-Sponsored, October 2017. This resource provides an overview of the Innovations in Supervision Initiative grant program.
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Affordable Care Act and Criminal Justice: Intersections and Implications, Bureau of Justice Assistance, July 2012. This White Paper highlights the various provisions of the Affordable Care Act that have direct and indirect implications for criminal justice.
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Ten-Step Guide to Transforming Probation Departments to Reduce Recidivism, (NCJ 235775), Bureau of Justice Assistance, 2011. This guide provides probation leaders with a roadmap to overhaul the operations of their agencies so they can increase public safety in their communities and improve rates of compliance among people they are supervising.
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Announcement:

Innovations in Supervision Initiative: Community Corrections Collaborations to Reduce Violent Crime and Recidivism

In partnership with BJA, the Council of State Governments Justice Center is seeking applications from state and local government agencies or federally recognized tribal entities to serve as model sites for the Innovations in Supervision Initiative (ISI): Community Corrections Collaborations to Reduce Violent Crime and Recidivism program. Apply by: August 30, 2019.


Innovations in Supervision Initiative: Building Capacity to Create Safer Communities

Application deadline extended for the BJA FY 2019 Innovations in Supervision Initiative: Building Capacity to Create Safer Communities solicitation. The purpose of this program is to provide state and local community corrections agencies with information, resources, and training and technical assistance on ways to improve supervision capacity and partnerships with other justice agencies to prevent recidivism and reduce crime in their jurisdictions. Apply by: July 15, 2019.


Responding to the FY2019 Second Chance Act Innovations in Supervision Initiative: Building Capacity to Create Safer Communities Program

During a webinar on May 14, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. ET, representatives from BJA and the National Reentry Resource Center will describe the FY 2019 Second Chance Act Innovations in Supervision Initiative (ISI) grant program and application process. A FY 2015 ISI grantee will also join to share their experience from the application process and offer suggestions on how to successfully prepare to apply for this grant. Register to participate.


Innovations in Supervision Initiative: Community Corrections-Led Violence Reduction

BJA, through the Council of State Governments Justice Center, invites 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. Learn more about this opportunity and apply by March 8, 2019.


Innovations in Supervision Initiative: Building Capacity to Create Safer Communities

Through the FY 2018 Innovations in Supervision Initiative: Building Capacity to Create Safer Communities opportunity, BJA is seeking applications for: (1) probation and parole agencies to implement more effective practices to reduce recidivism, and (2) a training and technical assistance provider to assist in developing a model for probation agencies to partner with other justice agencies to further their mutual public safety goals. Apply by: May 1, 2018.


Swift, Certain, and Fair Supervision Solicitation Available

BJA has released the FY 2017 Swift, Certain, and Fair (SCF) Supervision Program -- Including Project HOPE funding opportunity. This opportunity is for those states, localities, and tribes interested in implementing or enhancing a Swift, Certain, and Fair Supervision Program Model to reduce criminal behavior and enhance public safety. Apply by: March 20, 2017.


Smart Supervision Solicitation Released

BJA has released the FY 2017 Smart Supervision: Reducing Prison Populations, Saving Money, and Creating Safer Communities funding opportunity. This program supports efforts to develop and implement probation and parole practices that effectively address individuals' needs and reduce recidivism. Apply by: March 7, 2017.


Smart Supervision Solicitation Released

The FY 2016 Smart Supervision: Reducing Prison Populations, Saving Money, and Creating Safer Communities solicitation has been released. Through this program, resources are provided to states, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribes to develop and implement more effective and evidence-based probation and parole practices that effectively address individuals' needs and reduce recidivism. Applications are due April 11, 2016.


Funding:

Innovations in Supervision Initiative: Building Capacity to Create Safer Communities
Application Deadline: 07/15/2019, 11:59 PM
BJA is seeking applications for probation and parole agencies to implement more effective practices to reduce recidivism. This program furthers the Department's mission by reducing recidivism and building a comprehensive violent crime reduction strategy.
Solicitation  Webinar (5/14/2019)


Innovations in Supervision Initiative: Community Corrections-Led Violence Reduction Grant Program
Application Deadline: 03/08/2019, 05:00 PM
BJA, through the Council of State Governments 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.
Solicitation  Additional Details


Innovations in Supervision Initiative: Building Capacity to Create Safer Communities
Application Deadline: 05/01/2018, 11:59 PM
BJA is seeking applications for: (1) probation and parole agencies to implement more effective probation and parole practices to reduce recidivism, and (2) a training and technical assistance provider to assist in developing a model for probation agencies to partner with other justice agencies to further their mutual public safety goals.
Solicitation  Webinar


Smart Supervision: Reducing Prison Populations, Saving Money, and Creating Safer Communities FY 2017 Competitive Grant Announcement
Application Deadline: 03/07/2017, 11:59 PM
BJA is seeking applications for Smart Supervision: Reducing Prison Populations, Saving Money, and Creating Safer Communities. This program furthers the Department’s mission by providing resources to states, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribes to develop and implement more effective and evidence-based probation and parole practices that effectively address individuals’ needs and reduce recidivism.
Solicitation

 

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