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NIC Resource Guide "Guidelines for Developing a Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee" Revision

In 2002, NIC developed the resource guide: “Guidelines for Developing a Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee” to help the criminal justice field establish or strengthen local criminal justice policymaking forums. This resource is still available to the field and contains relevant information to guide users in today’s environment however, some of the content is outdated as well as exhibits, resources and practitioner quotes. In addition, there is a companion NIC resource: "Guidelines for Staffing a Local Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee" that will be incorporated into the resource guide.

Many local jurisdictions recognize the value and benefits of having some level of structured decision making to enhance the coordination of criminal justice policy making and implementation to address crime and criminal justice problems. As noted in the “Guidelines for Developing a Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee” resource guide; localities provide forums, informally or formally, where key justice systems stakeholders and local government officials can identify and discuss justice system issues. A common forum structure is Criminal Justice Coordinating Councils (CJCC) where justice system collaboration and planning activities can be undertaken to improve decision making and obtain better outcomes.

The goal of this project is to update and revise the 2002 NIC “Guidelines for Developing a Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee” that will serve as a resource guide for localities who want to develop a systems approach. In addition, the companion NIC resource publication: “Staffing a Local Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee” will be edited and incorporated into the resource guide. A proposal response to this solicitation should, at a minimum: identify a plan to address the scope and timeframe of the project, determine the methodology and resources necessary to deliver the work products; identify a team that includes members with subject matter expertise in the publication content, project management expertise and subject matter expertise in publication writing and editing.

The qualified applicant team will be able to:

  • Consult with the NIC Project management staff to gain understanding of the history, purpose and objectives of the resource. Conduct a comprehensive audit of the current guide and identify any new or emerging research which would improve the effectiveness of the guide.
  • Consult with the NIC Project management staff on the recommended content from the “ Staffing a Local Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee” publication to incorporate into the resource guide.
  • Present the recommended revisions, updates and draft a plan for work to be completed for the resource guide to the NIC project manager for review and approval.
  • Complete all work identified in the revision and update plan for resource guide.
  • Complete any additional edits and/or revisions to draft materials as necessary and submit the final draft.
Deadline: 
02/12/2019
Funding Source: 
National Institute of Corrections
Eligible Grantees: 

NIC invites applications from nonprofit organizations (including faith-based, community, and tribal organizations), for-profit organizations (including tribal for-profit organizations), and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education). Recipients, including for-profit organizations, must agree to waive any profit or fee for services.NIC welcomes applications that involve two or more entities; however, one eligible entity must be the applicant and the others must be proposed as sub-recipients. The applicant must be the entity with primary responsibility for administering the funding and managing the entire program.

OVW FY 2019 Grants to Tribal Governments to Exercise Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction Solicitation

**This opportunity is expressly for Native American tribal governments. If your office is not part of a federally recongnized tribal govenment but has a strong relationship with one there may be an opportunity to partner with that government for the purposes of this grant.**

Through this grant program, Indian tribes receive support and technical assistance for planning and implementing changes in their criminal justice systems necessary to exercise special domestic violence criminal jurisdiction (SDVCJ) and funds to exercise the jurisdiction. The program encourages collaborations among tribal leadership, courts, prosecutors, attorneys, defenders, law enforcement, probation, victim services providers, and other partners to ensure that victims find safety and justice and that non-Indians who commit crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, and violations of protection orders in the Indian country of the tribe are held accountable.

This program is authorized by the Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968, as amended, 25 U.S.C. § 1304(f). Through this grant program, Indian tribes receive support and technical assistance for planning and implementing changes in their criminal justice systems necessary to exercise special domestic violence criminal jurisdiction (SDVCJ) and funds to exercise the jurisdiction. The program encourages collaborations among tribal leadership, courts, prosecutors, attorneys, defenders, law enforcement, probation, victim services providers, and other partners to ensure that victims find safety and justice and that non-Indians who commit crimes of domestic violence, dating violence, and violations of protection orders in the Indian Country of the tribe are held accountable.

Pursuant to 25 U.S.C. § 1304(f), funds under this program must be used for one or more of the following purposes:

1. to strengthen tribal criminal justice systems to assist Indian tribes in exercising SDVCJ, including:

A. law enforcement (including the capacity of law enforcement or court personnel to enter information into and obtain information from national crime information databases);

B. prosecution;

C. trial and appellate courts;

D. probation systems;

E. detention and correctional facilities; 

F. alternative rehabilitation centers;

G. culturally appropriate services and assistance for victims and their families; and

H. criminal codes and rules of criminal procedure, appellate procedure, and evidence;

2. to provide indigent criminal defendants with the effective assistance of licensed defense counsel, at no cost to the defendant, in criminal proceedings in which a participating tribe prosecutes a crime of domestic violence or dating violence or a criminal violation of a protection order;

3. to ensure that, in criminal proceedings in which a participating tribe exercises SDVCJ, jurors are summoned, selected, and instructed in a manner consistent with all applicable requirements; and

4. to accord victims of domestic violence, dating violence, and violations of protection orders rights that are similar to the rights of a crime victim described in section 3771(a) of Title 18, consistent with tribal law and custom.

Deadline: 
02/14/2019
Funding Source: 
Office on Violence Against Women
Eligible Grantees: 

The only entities eligible to apply for this program are governments of Indian tribes that have jurisdiction over Indian country.

Research and Development in Forensic Science for Criminal Justice Purposes, FY 2019

With this solicitation, NIJ seeks proposals for basic or applied research and development projects. An NIJ forensic science research and development grant supports a discrete, specified, circumscribed project that will: (1) increase the body of knowledge to guide and inform forensic science policy and practice, or (2) lead to the production of useful material(s), device(s), system(s), or method(s) that have the potential for forensic application. The intent of this program is to direct the findings of basic scientific research; research and development in broader scientific fields applicable to forensic science; and ongoing forensic science research toward the development of highly-discriminating, accurate, reliable, cost-effective, and rapid methods for the identification, analysis, and interpretation of physical evidence for criminal justice purposes. Projects should address the challenges and needs of the forensic science community. The operational needs discussed at NIJ's FY 2016 Forensic Science TWG meeting may be found on NIJ.gov. Additional research needs of the forensic science community can be found at the Organization of Scientific Area Committees website. While the goals and deliverables of proposed projects do not necessarily need to result in immediate solutions to the posted challenges or needs, they should speak to them and produce knowledge that adds to work towards eventual resolutions.

Deadline: 
04/11/2019
Funding Source: 
National Institute of Justice
Eligible Grantees: 
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • City or township governments
  • Individuals
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • County governments
  • State governments
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Small businesses
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses

Research and Evaluation on Promising Reentry Initiatives, FY 2019

With this solicitation, NIJ seeks to build knowledge on best practices in offender reentry initiatives. Specifically, NIJ requests proposals for rigorous research to examine reentry initiatives that incorporate promising practices, strategies, or programs. For this solicitation, NIJ is interested in supporting evaluations of innovative reentry initiatives that focus on juveniles, young adults (aged 18-24), and adults with a moderate-to-high risk of reoffending. A particular focus on the risk of reoffending with a violent crime is encouraged. These initiatives may be applicable to juvenile residential facilities, institutional and/or community corrections.

The primary goal of this solicitation is to support the rigorous examination of innovative reentry initiatives, including those in rural communities. Proposals that seek to evaluate reentry initiatives funded by the Second Chance Act or other reentry initiatives will be considered. Preference in award decisions will be given to applications that propose to use a randomized controlled trial (RCT).

Deadline: 
05/13/2019
Funding Source: 
National Institute of Justice
Eligible Grantees: 
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Small businesses
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • County governments
  • City or township governments
  • Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Individuals
  • State governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses