Victims and Reentry: A handbook for Probation and Parole Officers


Background: An estimated 98% of offenders are eventually released to the community, and this requires consideration for both successful offender reentry and the returning community. When released offenders are under supervision during reentry, there is an opportunity to monitor their behavior and address the accountability they have to the community and to victims. Probation and parole officers use a variety of strategies to supervise individuals on their caseloads, but it is not always common practice to communicate with victims. Officers are often unprepared and may be uncomfortable with victim contact or not know or understand victimsÂ’ concerns. Officers may also be unclear about what victimsÂ’ rights are under federal and state laws, what other stakeholders may be responsible for communicating with victims, and what information they can appropriately share with them. Interaction between an officer and a victim, however, present opportunities for the officer to hold an offender accountable more effectively. This may be as simple as an officer contacting victims to provide them with the officerÂ’s telephone number in the event that the offender behaves inappropriately toward the victims. It is important for the officer to know and understand the dynamics that may exist in the lives of the offenders they supervise and how that intersects with victimsÂ’ experience. Depending on the crime and the relationship between the victim and offender, the officer may want to use different strategies to interact with the victim. For example, the victim and offender may have a close familial relationship, such as having children in common or other circumstances that bring them into contact regularly. This type of interaction is different for crimes in which the offender and victim are strangers. A proposal in response to this solicitation should, at a minimum, include a review of available literature regarding victims and the reentry process, a work plan regarding the development of handbook materials, a description of the proposed finished product, a work plan for reviewing handbook drafts, and suggested ideas and strategies for engaging probation and parole officers in using the handbook. Scope of Work: The cooperative agreement awardee will design and develop a handbook to assist probation and parole officers in understanding the rights statutorily granted to victims of crime, the importance of considering the needs of victims, and the potential benefits of engaging them in the offender reentry process. The handbook should also provide strategies for communicating with victims in a safe, productive manner that promotes understanding and collaboration. The handbook is not intended to be an extensive, all-encompassing document, but a practical guide to promote effective communication between officers and victims. Deliverables: Tasks to be performed through this cooperative agreement include: (1) an annotated bibliography as a result of a review of current literature to identify relevant material that will inform the handbook content; (2) development of a list of frequently asked questions for probation and parole officers for inclusion in the handbook and on NICÂ’s website; (3) development of the handbook, including a content review process; and (4) a final report that summarizes the project and provides recommendations for follow-up work on this topic.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 07/30/2014 (Archived.)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Justice
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreement
Number of Awards Available
Other Categories
The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is soliciting proposals from organizations, groups, or individuals to enter into a cooperative agreement for an 18-month period to begin no later than August 15, 2014. Work under this cooperative agreement will involve the development of a handbook for use by probation and parole officers to enhance their knowledge, communication and effectiveness in working with victims during the reentry process. This project will be a collaborative venture with the NIC Community Services Division. NIC OPPORTUNITY NUMBER: 14CS11. This number should appear in the reference line in your cover letter, on Standard Form 424 in section 11 with the title of your proposal, and in the right justified header of your proposal
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
An eligible applicant is any public or private agency, educational institution, organization, individual or team with expertise in the described areas.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program does not have cost sharing or matching requirements.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Headquarters Office
Melanie Simms
Administrative Officer
Phone 202-353-0484
Website Address
E-mail Address
Financial Information
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Awards up to $60,000.00


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