John R. Justice Prosecutors and Defenders Incentive Act

 

Goals: For all States or Territories to be able to recruit and retain talented (and eligible) local, state, and federal public defenders and local and state prosecutors by setting up and maintaining a student loan repayment assistance program for their most student loan financially burdened attorneys that agree commit to continued extended employment in the roles of eligible public interest law. Objectives: To encourage and retain qualified attorneys to choose careers as local and state prosecutors and local, state and federal public defenders, and to continue in that capacity for a minimum of thirty thirty-six (36) months.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
16.816
Federal Agency/Office
Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2018 A total of 42 John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program awards were made to John R. Justice State Administering Agencies totaling $1,817,067.00 in the 2018 Fiscal Year (FY). A projection of FY 2019 is currently unavailable due to the solicitation still being open. The Bureau of Justice Statistics will calculate a minimum base allocation for each state, territory, and the District of Columbia. This minimum base allocation will then be supplemented by an amount proportional to that state’s or territory’s share of the national population. BJA reserves the right to reallocate unrequested funding in any fiscal year for use by participating states and to reduce future awards by amounts unexpended from the prior year, all based upon such reasonable formulas as is necessary to extend accessibility to program funding.
Authorization
An act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice in the current fiscal year., 34 U.S.C. 10671
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Applicants are limited to state and U.S. territory government agencies, designated by their Governor, and the District of Columbia, designated by the Mayor, to manage this program. The States, Territories, and the District of Columbia will make loan payments directly to the institutions holding eligible beneficiary loans on behalf of eligible beneficiaries. See below for eligibility information.
Beneficiary Eligibility
For purposes of this program the following persons shall be considered eligible: Prosecutor - full-time employee of a State or unit of local government (including tribal government) who is continually licensed to practice law and prosecutes criminal or juvenile delinquency cases at the state or unit of local government level (including supervision, education, or training of other persons prosecuting such cases). 34 U.S.C.SS10671. Prosecutors who are employees of the federal government are not eligible. Public Defender - an attorney who is continually licensed to practice law and is a full time employee of a State or unit of local government (including tribal government) who provides legal representation to indigent persons in criminal or juvenile delinquency cases including supervision, education, or training of other persons providing such representation; is a full time employee of a nonprofit organization operating under a contract with a State or unit of local government who devotes substantially all of the employee's full-time employment to providing legal representation to indigent persons in criminal or juvenile delinquency cases including supervision, education, or training of other persons providing such representation; or employed as a full-time Federal defender attorney in a defender organization pursuant to subsection (g) of section 3006A of Title 18, United States Code, that provides legal representation to indigent persons in criminal or juvenile delinquency cases.
Credentials/Documentation
The designated agency must submit a completed Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424), including a signed certification form stating that they will comply with statutory and administrative requirements. The applicant is also required to submit a description that includes the goals of their program, the implementation process, and a timetable for implementation.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Contingent upon whether the state has designated an entity to coordinate and review proposed federal financial assistance. An applicant may find the names and addresses of State Single Points of Contact (SPOCs) at the following website: https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Intergovernmental_-Review-_SPOC_01_2018_OFFM.pdf.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. BJA will post the allocation tables and a copy of the Solicitation and notify the designated State agencies that they are posted online. The State agencies will then generally have 45 - 60 days in which to submit an application through the online, Internet-based Grants Management System (GMS) at https://grants.ojp.usdoj.gov/.
Award Procedure
A letter with copies of the grant award are sent to the designated agency upon approval by the Office of Justice Programs. A copy of the grant award must be signed by the authorizing official and returned to the Office of Justice Programs.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 30 to 60 days. Applications will generally be approved or denied within 60 days of receipt of a complete application.
Appeals
Not applicable.
Renewals
Contingent upon Congressional appropriations.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria are described in the OJP Program Announcement available at https://ojp.gov/funding/Explore/CurrentFundingOpportunities.htm.
How may assistance be used?
Grants are made directly by the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) to the designated applicant State Administering Agency, based on results of a formula run by the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS). Grant funds will be used by States and Territories to make repayments, on behalf of eligible beneficiaries, of loan obligations to institutions holding eligible beneficiary loans.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
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.
Auditing
Not applicable.
Records
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.
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
Generally awards will be for a one-year project and budget period. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: See the Department of Justice Grants Financial Guide section on “Period of Availability of Funds" at https://ojp.gov/financialguide/DOJ/PostawardRequirements/chapter3.2a.htm.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Latanza Wilson
U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Bureau of Justice Assistance
810 7th Street, NW

Washington, DC 20531 US
Latanza.Wilson@usdoj.gov
Phone: (202) 616-6500
Website Address
https://www.bja.gov/ProgramDetails.aspx?Program_ID=65
Financial Information
Account Identification
15-0404-0-1-754
Obligations
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 18$1,831,039.00; FY 19 est $2,000,000.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$1,806,643.00; FY 16$1,773,891.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
See solicitation guidelines on the Office of Justice Programs web site at https://ojp.gov/funding/Explore/CurrentFundingOpportunities.htm.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Solicitation guidelines are posted on the Office of Justice Programs web site at https://ojp.gov/funding/Explore/CurrentFundingOpportunities.htm . For additional guidance reference the Department of Justice Grants Financial Guide (https://ojp.gov/financialguide/DOJ/index.htm) and Post award Instructions (https://ojp.gov/financialguide/DOJ/PostawardRequirements/index.htm). Applicable administrative requirements and Department of Justice regulations applicable to specific types of grantees can be found in title 2 of the Code of Federal Regulations (2 C.F.R.).
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2018 A total of 42 John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program awards were made to John R. Justice State Administering Agencies (JRJ SAA’s) totaling $1,817,067.00 in the 2018 Fiscal Year (FY). State Administering Agencies then use their own discretion in identifying a methodology that best identified an attorney’s ability to repay their loans.
Fiscal Year 2019 A projection of FY 2019 is currently unavailable due to the solicitation still being open. The Bureau of Justice Statistics will calculate a minimum base allocation for each state, territory, and the District of Columbia. This minimum base allocation will then be supplemented by an amount proportional to that state’s or territory’s share of the national population. BJA reserves the right to reallocate unrequested funding in any fiscal year for use by participating states and to reduce future awards by amounts unexpended from the prior year, all based upon such reasonable formulas as is necessary to extend accessibility to program funding.
Fiscal Year 2020 A financial projection of FY 2019 is currently unavailable due to the solicitation still being open. The Bureau of Justice Statistics will calculate a minimum base allocation for each state, territory, and the District of Columbia. This minimum base allocation will then be supplemented by an amount proportional to that state’s or territory’s share of the national population. BJA reserves the right to reallocate unrequested funding in any fiscal year for use by participating states and to reduce future awards by amounts unexpended from the prior year, all based upon such reasonable formulas as is necessary to extend accessibility to program funding.

 



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