Justice Reinvestment Initiative
Goals: Under the enacted appropriations language, the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI), is to ?reduce crime and recidivism.? JRI helps state, local, and tribal jurisdictions to identify and respond to crime and other public safety problems, explore evidence-based or innovative and cost-saving strategies, and to invest in strategies that can decrease crime and reduce recidivism. Objectives: JRI technical assistance supports states? justice system stakeholders and policy leaders as they devise and implement data-driven approaches to reduce crime and recidivism, including operationalizing data results to reduce violent crime and supporting state and local agencies in their efforts to do the same. Under the JRI model, a governmental working group with bipartisan and inter-branch representation analyzes the crime, recidivism, and corrections data, and its associated costs, then develops cost- effective policy and practice options, and implements and measures those changes. JRI jurisdictions invest in high-performing initiatives that make communities safer. JRI encourages states to embrace a culture of greater collaboration, data-driven decision-making and increased use of evidence-based practices. The Justice Reinvestment: Reducing Violent Crime by Improving Justice System Performance program has been developed to support these goals by helping to build state and local jurisdictions? and tribes? capacity to analyze, identify, and respond to drivers of both violent crime and high cost (Category 1) and test innovative tools to facilitate coordinated information sharing and analysis among justice partners (Category 2). The objectives of the site-based JR program are the following: Category 1 ? Collect and analyze data, and identify and respond to crime and cost drivers. ? Engage stakeholders across the justice system (e.g., law enforcement, jails, treatment providers) to diagnose and develop coordinated responses. ? Test, establish, and/or expand innovative ideas and evidence-based strategies to prevent and respond to crime. Category 2 ? Break down information sharing silos and challenge current practices that may impede a community?s violent crime reduction strategies. ? Develop comprehensive and integrated data-sharing and notification systems about violent offenders moving into, between, or being released into their communities. ? Build data-analysis capacity and improve justice system partners? abilities to produce a cross-system analysis that provides a better understanding of the contributions of pretrial, probation, parole, reentry, and other services to crime trends. Successful applicants are expected to follow a five-step process to meet the objectives: engage stakeholders; analyze data and the current landscape; develop a plan, procedures, and strategies; implement responses; and measure outcomes.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2017
To date, JRI has provided 30 states (through 39 engagements) and 17 local jurisdictions with assistance to support data- driven, evidence-based reforms to reduce corrections and related criminal justice spending and invest in strategies that can decrease crime and strengthen neighborhoods.Fiscal Year 2018
To date, JRI has provided 30 states (through 39 engagements) and 17 local jurisdictions with assistance to support data- driven, evidence-based reforms to reduce corrections and related criminal justice spending and invest in strategies that can decrease crime and strengthen neighborhoods.
Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019, Public Law 116-6, Statute 133,13, 114
Designates funding for “a justice reinvestment initiative, for activities related to criminal justice reform and recidivism reduction."
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Justice Reinvestment Initiative: TTA -- national scope private and nonprofit organizations (including tribal nonprofit or for-profit organizations) and colleges and universities, both public and private (including tribal institutions of higher education). All recipients and sub-recipients (including any for-profit organization) must forgo any profit or management fee. Justice Reinvestment: Reducing Violent Crime by Improving Justice System Performance -- Eligible applicants are units of state government and federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior).
See the current fiscal year's solicitation available at the Office of Justice Programs web site at https://ojp.gov/funding/Explore/CurrentFundingOpportunities.htm.
The application must include: Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424); Program Abstract; Program Narrative; Budget and Budget Narrative; Required certifications; indirect Cost Rate Agreement (if applicable); and Financial Management and System of Internal Controls Questionnaire. Justice Reinvestment: Reducing Violent Crime by Improving Justice System Performance - must also include documents related to compliance with section 1737.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
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.
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants must submit completed applications via the Office of Justice Programs, Grants Management System or through grants.gov following established criteria. The receipt, review, and analysis of applications will follow Office of Justice Programs policies and procedures for the administration of grant applications. Specific application instructions for solicitations are available at the Office of Justice Programs web site https://ojp.gov/funding/Explore/CurrentFundingOpportunities.htm.
Upon approval by the Assistant Attorney General (for science offices, would be the Director of the applicable Office), successful applicants are notified via the Grants Management System. One copy of the grant award must be signed by the authorized official and returned to the Office of Justice Programs.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days. See the current fiscal year's solicitation available at the Office of Justice Programs web site https://ojp.gov/funding/Explore/CurrentFundingOpportunities.htm.
From 90 to 120 days. There are no appeal rights for rejection of a discretionary application. Please see 28 CFR Part 18.
From 90 to 120 days. Yes, a grant can be supplemented or granted a no-cost extension, subject to BJA policy and contingent upon available appropriation.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria are described in the OJP Program Announcement available at http://www.ojp.gov/funding/solicitations.htm and/or https://www.bja.gov/funding.aspx.
How may assistance be used?
• Engagement of stakeholders, including all agencies and individuals necessary to understand and address the problem.
• Analyze data and the current landscape (current risk assessment tools used, data systems, policies) to determine the cause(s), symptoms, and scope of the problem, as well as the impediments to addressing the problem.
• Develop a comprehensive set of strategies and then documents planned activities, including the parties responsible and timelines, and secures buy-in from stakeholders.
• Implements the policies, plans, and strategies, testing for results and incorporating feedback into the implementation process.
• Identifies existing and/or potential data sources that are required to conduct outcome evaluations of the proposed project strategies. Assess the effectiveness of the implemented strategies and activities to address crime and recidivism reduction.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
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.
See 2 CFR 200 for the government-wide requirements for maintenance of records by grant recipients.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching is . For direct grants to states, if a state has measured and reinvested savings (either projected or actual costs saved or avoided) into evidence-based strategies to reduce recidivism and make communities safer (see Selection Criteria outlined in the Solicitation for specifics), this solicitation does not require a match. If such a state proposes a voluntary match amount, however, and OJP approves the budget, the total match amount incorporated into the approved budget becomes mandatory and subject to audit. If a state has not measured and reinvested savings (see Selection Criteria outlined in the Solicitation for specifics), a match is required, and the following requirements apply: • The amount of the match must equal the amount of federal funds being sought. • Match funds are subject to the same regulations and restrictions as the federal funds for this program. • Applicants must identify the source of the non-federal funds and how they will use the funds. If a successful applicant’s proposed match exceeds the required match amount, and OJP approves the budget, the total match amount incorporated into the approved budget becomes mandatory and subject to audit. • Applicants may satisfy this match requirement with cash, in-kind services, or a combination of the two. • Match funds must be used for one or more of the state’s reinvestment strategies identified in the justice reinvestment process. For example, match funding can be used to expand or improve community-based treatment only if the JRI legislation or task force identified community-based treatment as a reinvestment priority. As another example, match funding could be used for skills-based trainings for probation officers if the state’s reinvestment strategies included more effective community supervision. • Applicants must identify the target(s) of the reinvestment match with specificity, including, if applicable, names of agencies, service providers, or staff positions to be funded; a description of the kind of service to be provided or functions to be performed; what period of time will be covered; and amounts of funding. Applicants must document these commitments by including relevant attachments to the application. Example: For a federal award amount of $1,750,000, the required reinvestment match is $1,750,000.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
See the current fiscal year’s solicitation available at the Office of Justice Programs web site (http://www.ojp.gov/funding/solicitations.htm) and/or https://www.bja.gov/funding.aspx. Competitive award and money are released when grantee draws down funds based on an approve timeline. See the following for additional information on how assistance is awarded/release: Department of Justice Grants Financial Guide (www.ojp.usdoj.gov/financialguide/index.htm) and Post Award Instructions (www.ojp.usdoj.gov/funding/pdfs/post_award_instructions.pdf).
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Bureau of Justice Assistance
810 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20531 US
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 18$0.00; FY 19 est $27,000,000.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$17,151,490.00; FY 16$24,224,613.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
See the current fiscal year's solicitation available at the Office of Justice Programs web site 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