Smart Prosecution Initiative


Goal(s): The purpose of the Innovative Prosecution Solutions (IPS) for Combating Violent Crime Program is to provide state, local, and tribal prosecutors with resources to reduce crime and increase public safety. The program encourages prosecutors and agencies to use data in the development of their strategies and programs and to develop effective, economical, and innovative responses to crime within their jurisdictions. Objective(s): IPS programs test data-driven approaches that address one or more of the objectives listed below. Successful applicants will work closely with BJA staff to assist prosecutorial agencies in incorporating innovative or evidence-based prosecution strategies as a fundamental component of their effort to ensure public safety. Required Objectives: Test, establish, and/or expand programming that enhances prosecutors ability to effectively and sustainably prevent and respond to crime, especially violent crime, which could include the hiring of new prosecutors. Foster effective, formalized, and consistent collaborations with external agencies, and the communities they serve, to increase public safety. Use technology, intelligence, and data in innovative ways that enable prosecutors offices to focus resources on the people and places associated with high concentrations of crime and to allow state and local prosecutors offices to improve their operations in an effort to more efficiently and effectively aid communities in achieving a reduction in crime. Enable prosecutors offices to reduce caseloads to manageable levels through office modernization, hiring analytical or support staff, and updating information technology. Performance Measure 1: Number of prosecution personnel hired with grant funds; and, Performance Measure 2: Number of new prosecution technology solutions implemented with grant funds.

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
Not applicable.
Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, Public Law 116-260, Statute 134,1182, 1258
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
The following entities are eligible to apply: o State and local prosecutorial agencies; o Federally recognized Indian tribal governments that perform prosecution functions; and, o Tribal consortia consisting of two or more federally recognized Indian tribes (including tribal consortia operated as nonprofit organizations) acting as a fiscal agent for one or more prosecutor agencies.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The application must include: Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424); Program Abstract; Program Narrative; Budget and Budget Narrative.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. The application of E.O. 12372 is 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:
Application Procedure
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 DOJ's Justice Grants System (JustGrants) or through 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
Award Procedure
Upon approval by the Office of Justice Programs Assistant Attorney General, successful applicants are notified via DOJ's Justice Grants System (JustGrants). The grant award must be accepted electronically by the receiving organizations authorized official in JustGrants.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days.
From 90 to 120 days. There are no appeal rights for rejection of a discretionary application. Please see section 28 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 18.
A grant may be supplemented.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria are described in the OJP Program Announcement available at and include: oStatement of Problem oProject Design and Implementation oCapabilities and Competencies oPlan for Collecting the Data Required for this Solicitation's Performance Measures oBudget oPlan for Sustainability
How may assistance be used?
Funding is for site-based awards and training and technical assistance (TTA). Funds maybe used to test data-driven strategies—innovative, best practice, or evidenced-based—as they are implemented by prosecutors. Smart Prosecution applicants will identify a problem to be addressed and enlist a local research partner to help assess the effectiveness of their Smart Prosecution effort.
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.
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
Assistance is drawn down according to a timeline submitted by grantee. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/release: Department of Justice Grants Financial Guide ( and Post Award Instructions (
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Tammy M. Brown
U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Bureau of Justice Assistance
810 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20531 US
Phone: 202-353-5285 or 1-866-859-2687
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 22$6,775,924.00; FY 23 est $0.00; FY 24 est $0.00; FY 21$6,838,369.00; FY 20$7,194,869.00; FY 19$7,260,660.00; FY 18$2,256,584.00; FY 17$2,258,302.00; FY 16$2,211,852.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
See the current fiscal year's solicitation guidelines posted on the Office of Justice Programs web site at
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
Fiscal Year 2017 Adolescent Diversion Court which offers diversion instead of prosecution for young adults, 16-24 years old, charged with misdemeanor offenses, who are at the greatest risk for re-offending and/or are facing more serious Criminal consequences.
Fiscal Year 2018 A project that developed a Social Media Initiative that has created a specialized unit to investigate and prosecute cases based on suspects’ usage of social media.
Fiscal Year 2019 A project to reduce opioid deaths and related violent crime through swift and thorough investigations of opioid induced homicides; improved information sharing to identify and prosecute drug dealers; and improve community relates to enhance their involvement to help solve cases.
Fiscal Year 2020 • Development of a Comprehensive Homicide Initiative to investigate homicides through prioritization of the most violent offenders; working jointly with parole and probation departments on violations of probations; and, enhancing the prosecutor’s role in investigations of homicide cases and cyber-crime strategies to improve public safety. • Funding for a prosecutor to be assigned to the Crime Gun Intelligence Center team. • Streamlining of data and definitions among law enforcement agencies to better share and target regional crime based on the chronic offender model.
Fiscal Year 2021 One IPS funded District Attorney’s Office is serving as a data hub to enhance the county’s ability to analyze national and regional crime trends and coordinate information-sharing between agencies, with a focus on career criminals, criminal organizations, and crime drivers. All intelligence is coordinated by an IPS Crime Analyst and centralized through the creation of a robust, integrated data-sharing system that will draw from data regionwide and analyze criminal networks and patterns. This data will inform the development of a cutting-edge map-based data program that can help inform focus areas for crime prevention.
Fiscal Year 2022 IPS was not funded in FY 2022. However, through previous BJA funding, some creative solutions developed by prosecutors around the country centered on: Developing ways to identify the most violent repeat offenders. Using data to develop zone/geographic prosecution. Using crime analysis tools through strategies like GunStat to track gun violence. Developing policies to prosecute witness intimidation cases. Working jointly with parole and probation departments on violations of probation. Enhancing the prosecutor’s role in investigations of homicide cases and cybercrime strategies to improve public safety.


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