Combatting Contraband Cell Phone Use in Prisons


Goals: Effectively assist correctional agencies to develop a tactical approach for combatting cellphone contraband including policy reviews, operational orders, security overhaul, staff training, and meeting the mandates of authority established by other federal agencies with oversight provision. Objectives: Provide best practices including: technological solution implementation on comprehensive contraband interdiction systems for state and local governments; Resources and tools to enhance staff training for institutional corrections staff; Make available competitive sub-awards to correctional facilities to implement technologies that prevent and limit cell phone contraband and provide technical assistance on reviewing policies, procedures and technology implementation; Conduct effective case studies and maintain documentation on the interactions, training, procurements, developments and other processes with the grantees selected to receive sub-awards; Develop model policies, operational orders, and training curricula for state and local correctional agencies, to include cataloguing warrant language and state-level statutes, based on the respective case studies conducted for grantees selected to receive sub-awards; Make information publicly available including via an online toolkit or other agreed upon means. Performance Measure 1: Number of grantees that have implemented or enhanced contraband interdiction systems; Performance Measure 2: Number of contraband cellphones confiscated or drones identified.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2021 To view funded projects, please visit
Fiscal Year 2022 Please visit
Public Law 116-6
Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020, Public Law 116-93, Statute 133,2317, 2409
Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, Public Law 116-260, Statute 134,1182, 1258
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants are limited to nonprofit organizations, for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit or for-profit organizations), institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education), faith-based organizations, and consortiums with demonstrated experience in providing training and technical assistance on a national level in the identified subject areas. All recipients and subrecipients (including any for-profit organization) must forgo any profit or management fee. BJA welcomes applications under which two or more entities would carry out the federal award; however, only one entity may be the applicant. Any others must be proposed as subrecipients (subgrantees). The applicant must be the entity that would have primary responsibility for carrying out the award, including administering the funding and managing the entire program. Only one application per lead applicant will be considered; however, an applicant may be proposed as a subrecipient (subgrantee) in multiple proposals.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. See the current fiscal year's solicitation available at the Office of Justice Programs web site at and for additional information.
Award Procedure
After an external peer review, the submitted applications are tiered based on scores. Then an internal review will be conducted by BJA Policy team and they will make a recommendation to the BJA Director.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 180 days. Awards determination are made within 180 days but no later than September 30th. Contact the Bureau of Justice Assistance at for specifics.
Not applicable.
In some cases, award periods may be extended if specific criteria are met. For details, please review the discussion of no-cost extensions in the Criteria for Award Extension section of the Department of Justice Grants Financial Guide available at
How are proposals selected?
After meeting the eligibility listed in the solicitation, the applicant must be a national provider organization that has experience with the subject matter and working with correctional leaders and vendors nation-wide.
How may assistance be used?
Provide training and technical assistance to correctional agencies as they seek strategies, train staff, develop operational orders, draft warrants, and establish policy to seize and end the use of contraband cellphones, or take greater advantage of lawfully intercepted information from contraband cellphones.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: To assist in fulfilling the Departments responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), Public Law 103-62, and the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010, Public Law 111–352, recipients must provide data that measures the results of their work.
Payments and transactions are subject to audits by the Government Accountability Office, Department of Justice's Office of the Inspector General, state or local government auditors, and auditors from independent public accounting firms. Jurisdictions must follow their local policies and procedures, including maintenance of reliable and accurate accounting systems, record keeping, and systems of internal control.
In accordance with the requirement set forth in 2 CFR 200, Subpart F, grantees must maintain all financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other records pertinent to the award for at least 3 years following the close of the most recent audit. For additional guidance, please visit
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
3 years from the start of the federal fiscal year. October 1, 2021 – September 30, 2024. See the Department of Justice Grants Financial Guide section on “Period of Availability of Funds" at
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Andre Bethea
U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Bureau of Justice Assistance
810 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20531 USA
Phone: (202) 353-0583
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements or Contracts)) FY 22$1,665,980.00; FY 23 est $0.00; FY 24 est $2,000,000.00; FY 21$1,806,000.00; FY 20$1,823,717.00; FY 19$1,810,528.00; FY 18$0.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Number of Awards: 4 Total Amount Awarded: $1,665,980
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Office of Justice Programs funding opportunities Department of Justice Grants Financial Guide ( and Post award Instructions (, applicable OMB Circulars and regulations, and Department of Justice regulations applicable to specific types of grantees.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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