The Innovations in Supervision Initiative (ISI) provides grants and technical assistance to state, local, and tribal jurisdictions to develop, implement, and test strategies to increase probation and parole agencies’ abilities to reduce crimes committed by those supervised in the community.
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ISI is part of BJA's Innovations in Public Safety portfolio, also known as the "Innovations Suite." BJA's Innovations Suite of programs invests in the development of practitioner-researcher partnerships that use data, evidence, and innovation to create strategies and interventions that are effective and economical.
The goal of ISI is to improve the capacity and effectiveness of probation and parole agencies to increase probation and parole success rates and reduce the number of crimes committed by those under probation and parole supervision. Such efforts would reduce crime and admissions to prisons and jails, and save taxpayer dollars.
At yearend 2016, an estimated 4.5 million adults were under community supervision (probation or parole), the equivalent of about 1 out of every 55 adults in the United States. Many people do not successfully complete their supervision because they either fail to comply with their conditions of supervision or they commit a new crime. Comprehensive crime prevention and public safety strategies must attend to members of this population whose contact with the justice system, while on supervision, is an opportunity to decrease the likelihood they will commit future crimes. This includes partnering with other justice agencies in order to further their mutual public safety goals.
The justice system and its component agencies must continuously improve their methods to prevent crime, apprehend perpetrators and reform their anti-social behaviors, and preserve community members’ sense of security. This is a tremendous undertaking and requires a wide range of resources, skills, and authority to intervene. Additionally, research shows most violent crime is the result of a handful of bad actors; a minority proportion of the individuals who commit crime is responsible for the majority of violent crime in most jurisdictions (Wolfgang, 1973; Farrington, et al., 2006). Further, the individuals responsible are often known to one criminal justice agency and may even be under supervision by another. Although there are no national estimates about the extent to which people under parole and probation contribute to the overall crime rate, available state and local statistics suggest about 20 percent of arrests involve someone under correctional supervision.
Agencies can have a greater impact when they collaborate to address specific crime problems. Further, this collaborative approach can reduce individual agency costs through sharing responsibilities, using pooled resources, increasing coordination, and reducing duplication of efforts.
To that end, ISI helps state, local, and tribal jurisdictions reduce recidivism and violent crime, in particular, through the following strategies, based on the supervising agencies’ needs:
Funds can be used to support capacity-building activities, including staff training, to meet the rehabilitative and supervision needs of the supervision population; assess and address gaps and/or quality of service provision; standardize new or existing strategies to promote replication and scaling; and develop and implement performance metrics.
For a list of grantees, visit www.bja.gov/funding.aspx#3.
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 FY 2019 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.
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:
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:
Visit the National Reentry Resource Center for additional information.
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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.
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.
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.
Innovations in Supervision Initiative: Building Capacity to Create Safer CommunitiesApplication Deadline: 07/15/2019, 11:59 PMBJA 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 ProgramApplication Deadline: 03/08/2019, 05:00 PMBJA, 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 CommunitiesApplication Deadline: 05/01/2018, 11:59 PMBJA 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 AnnouncementApplication Deadline: 03/07/2017, 11:59 PMBJA 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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