Innovative Responses to Behavior in the Community: Swift, Certain, and Fair Supervision Program


The goal of the SCF Program is to expand the SCF principles and test new implementations of SCF responses to increase probation and parole success rates. Additionally, the SCF Program seeks to reduce the number of crimes committed by those under probation and parole supervision, which may in turn reduce crime, decrease admissions to prisons and jails (in a safe and responsible manner), and save taxpayer dollars. The objectives of this SCF program are to: ? Develop and implement supervision strategies based on the SCF principles, including responses to positive and negative client behavior. ? Develop and implement strategies for the identification, targeting, supervision, and treatment of ?high risk/high needs? offenders who are being supervised in the community. (This should include a preliminary assessment of whether those high risk/need offenders are also violent offenders who might not be suitable for community supervision). ? Evaluate the efficacy of SCF strategies to reduce recidivism. ? Increase the number of supervision decisions (e.g., assignment of conditions of supervision and responses to violations of those conditions, responses to antisocial behavior that do not rise to the level of violating conditions of supervision) that are fair and consistently applied, and with consequences that are transparent. ? Promote and increase collaboration among agencies and officials who work in probation, parole, pretrial, law enforcement, treatment, reentry, and related fields. ? Develop a plan to sustain effective SCF supervision strategies and related collaborations beyond the award period. ? Increase the number of participant perceptions of fairness, consistency, and transparency in supervision decisions.

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 2017 Held on-site training and provided assistance for each FY16 BJA-funded SCF/HOPE awardees.
Fiscal Year 2018 Fiscal Year 2018: Held on-site training and provided assistance to FY17 BJA-funded SCF/HOPE awardees.
The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019, Public Law 116-6, Statute 133,13, 114
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants for project grants under the SCF Program include states, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior). Eligible applicants for a cooperative agreement to operate the SCF Resource Center are limited to 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).
Beneficiary Eligibility
See goals and objectives for additional information. Also, view the current fiscal year's solicitation available at the Office of Justice Programs web site at (
The application must include: Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424); Project Abstract; Program Narrative; Budget and Associated Documentation; Indirect Cost Rate Agreement (if applicable); Tribal Authorizing Resolution (if applicable); Financial Management and System of Internal Controls Questionnaire (including applicant disclosure of high risk status); Disclosure of Lobbying Activities; and Additional Attachments. Additional attachments include: Timeline/Project Plan; Letter from Lead Agency (applicable only if the supervision agency is not the lead agency); Letter from Research Partner (if applicable); Letters of Support From All Other Key Partners (if applicable); Position Descriptions; Applicant Disclosure of Pending Applications; Research and Evaluation Independence and Integrity; and Disclosure of Process Related to Executive Compensation.
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. Applicants must submit completed applications via the Office of Justice Programs, Grants Management System 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 Assistant Attorney General, 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 60 to 90 days.
There are no appeal rights for rejection of a discretionary application. Please see section 28 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 18.
Supplemental funding may be available in future years.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria are described in the OJP Program Announcement available at and/or
How may assistance be used?
Allowable uses for award funds can include the following activities to help state, local, and Tribal agencies develop or improve their SCF programs: • Support the Project Coordinator position. • Support a Research Partner • Overtime for: 1) Court staff to complete paperwork; 2) Community corrections staff to expedite bench warrant service; and, 3) Community corrections officers and/or law enforcement officers to apprehend absconders. • The development, implementation, and maintenance of a color code hotline. • The development of a robust, onsite, rapid drug-screening process. • Costs for onsite urine analysis testing. • Costs for offsite urine analysis or hair testing. • Additional BJA-approved contracted jail space, if needed. • Travel costs for SCF team members to attend BJA-approved SCF trainings, project meetings, and peer-to-peer meetings (provide an estimate based on a 4-person team, spending 2 days in Washington, DC). • Travel costs to attend the BJA Innovations Suite researcher-Practitioner Fellows Academy • Other BJA-approved SCF project costs.
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
The award period is for 36 months. 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
Emily Chonde
U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Bureau of Justice Assistance
810 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20531 US
Phone: 202-305-9317
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 18$3,630,134.00; FY 19 est $4,000,000.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$3,378,658.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Award amounts may be up to $750,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Solicitation guidelines are posted on the Office of Justice Programs web site at . For additional guidance reference the Department of Justice Grants Financial Guide ( and Post award Instructions ( 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 The grantee seeks to address opioid addiction and the challenges it poses to successful completion of parole supervision. The grantee’s SCF initiative will target 75 opioid-involved parolees with a history of violations, employing behavioral therapy, medication-assisted treatments, a recovery coach, and other services. An array of modest sanctions, including noncustodial sanctions, will be used in response to technical violations. The initiative will be evaluated with a randomized controlled trial, against supervision as usual.
Fiscal Year 2019 The grantee seeks to implement the SCF principles of supervision within the state probation agency to reduce recidivism and prevent domestic violence homicides. The target population for this initiative will be domestic violence offenders on probation.


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