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NIC FY 2019 Veteran Informed Care Training on Responsivity – Phase II

**This funding opportunity may be a good fit for offices and jurisdictions who provide services to a large number of justice involved veterans and who are interested in piloting cutting edge training to justice professionals so that they gain a more informed approach to working with veterans.**

As a center of learning, innovation and leadership that shapes and advances correctional practice and public policy, the National Instituteof Corrections (NIC) devotes a portion of its focus to the critical needs of justice-involved veterans. NIC has developed a training programon the responsivity issues related to working with veterans in the local criminal justice system that will build skills for those who work directly with justice-involved veterans. The intent of this training program is to train criminal justice professionals to better understand the justice-involved veteran and their issues related to military service, in order to more effectively work with this population in the justice system - and by doing so, increase public safety and reduce recidivism.  This training program will provide criminal justice professionals with a more informed approach to working with veterans and ultimately improve outcomes for both the jurisdiction utilizing the training program and the veterans in that local system.

In addition to the strategy and content of the program design, the successful applicant must complete the following deliverables during the project period. The program narrative should reflect how the applicant will accomplish these activities.

  1. Participate in an initial virtual meeting with the NIC program manager to discuss the cooperative agreement, scope of work, and all related aspects of the cooperative agreement within 30 days of award.
  2. Deliver one (1), 3.5 day instructor led VICTOR training program.

The full solicitation is attached online under "Related Documents."


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.

Justice Reinvestment Initiative: Reducing Violent Crime by Improving Justice System Performance CFDA # 16.827

**This funding opportunity (Category 1) may be a good opportunity for jurisdictions who are equipped to partner with researchers and system stakeholders to address a specific challenge within the system and identify opportunities to improve or address it.**

Every justice agency has a role to play in simultaneously preventing crime, apprehending and prosecuting perpetrators, facilitating appropriate sentencing and treatment, and preserving communities’ security. BJA offers this grant program, Justice Reinvestment Initiative: Reducing Violent Crime by Improving Justice System Performance, for sites to apply and expand the Justice Reinvestment approach to identify and respond to crime and other public safety problems, explore innovative and cost-saving strategies, and to reinvest in strategies that can decrease crime and reduce recidivism. This approach will help build the capacity of state and local jurisdictions to analyze, identify, and respond to drivers of both violent crime and high costs (Category 1) and to test innovative tools to facilitate coordinated information sharing and analysis among justice partners (Category 2). The Justice Reinvestment approach involves five steps to build capacity and implement sustainable change: 1) engage stakeholders, 2) analyze data and drivers of crime problems, 3) develop innovative or research-based responses, 4) implement responses, and 5) measure outcomes. 3 Through this program, applicants may address a challenge directly or remove impediments to addressing a challenge (e.g., improve homicide clearance rates or revise spending so that resources may be redirected to directly reducing violent crime and break down information silos so that information is shared seamlessly across systems and intelligence gathering efforts are not duplicated). Award recipients will receive technical assistance from subject experts. 

Category 1: State, Local, and Tribal Justice Systems. Competition ID: BJA-2018-14883

BJA seeks applicants to address persistent or emerging crime and public safety problems, or to remove impediments to directly addressing them.6 Applicants should review the entire criminal justice system spectrum – from event to reentry – to identify opportunities for improvement that align with holding violent offenders accountable, addressing the opioid epidemic, supporting law enforcement and correctional institutions, and supporting victims of violent crime.

Objectives and Deliverables

BJA will make awards for sites to pursue the following objectives:

  • Collect and analyze data, and identify and respond to crime and cost drivers, including crime and costs associated with investigating, prosecuting, and detaining individuals who have committed crimes and are in the U.S. without legal immigration status. For example, by reducing gang violence and time to deportation.
  • Engage stakeholders across the justice system (e.g., law enforcement, jails, treatment providers) to diagnose and develop coordinated responses. For example, improve data collection and training about types of victimization, trauma, and related needs in order to develop policies and procedures to maximize benefits (e.g., accessing federal resources to aid victims of violent crime, use of databases to track restitution orders and collection, increasing the amount inmates pay toward victim restitution), and to reduce the collateral effects of violence.
  • Test, establish, and/or expand innovative ideas and evidence-based strategies to prevent and respond to crime. For example, assess the correctional population to ensure appropriate bed space usage and, if needed, seek strategies to correct the inmate mix to prioritize bed space for serious, chronic, violent offenders. Focus state probation and parole agency resources on identifying offenders’ risks for general and violent recidivism, and related substance use and mental health needs, and mitigating their risk for engaging in violent behavior or being the victims of violent crime.
  • Foster effective and consistent collaboration with justice system agencies to improve strategic and tactical system operations. For example, implement and test approaches to consistently gather and validate intelligence collected in jails and prisons (e.g., about security threat groups); and develop and implement plans to respond to intelligence behind and outside the walls.
  • Use data, technology, and intelligence to focus resources on the problems, people, and places associated with concentrations of crime and cost drivers. For example, review existing violent crime and opiate reduction strategies to determine whether they are having the intended effects, and improve performance if they are not. Develop analytic capacity to inform more targeted and effective strategies to address specific crime problems.
Funding Source: 
Bureau of Justice Assistance
Eligible Grantees: 

Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Small businesses
State governments
County governments
Special district governments
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
For profit organizations other than small businesses
City or township governments
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
Private institutions of higher education

Conduct Research on Improving Pretrial Court Appearance

**This solicitation may be a good fit for programs that have existing relationships with academic or technical researchers. If you have current programs to reduce failure to appear rates and support clients in compliance with pretrial monitoring please read the solicitation to learn more.**

**There will be an optional informational call on December 5th, see below for details.**

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) is committed to leveraging the power of data, research, and innovation to improve community safety by reducing crime, increasing police effectiveness, and working to ensure that laws are enforced in a fair and equitable way. 

As an increasing number of jurisdictions across the United States engage in pretrial justice reform, the demand for cost-effective practices that improve court appearance rates is higher than ever. However, much remains unknown about what pretrial release conditions are the most effective in getting defendants to return to court, for whom they are most effective, and how to adequately implement and measure interventions. More methodologically rigorous research on pretrial release conditions would help the nation’s pretrial justice systems more effectively promote public safety and accountability, as well as become more transparent, fair, and just.

LJAF remains committed to helping criminal justice professionals improve their knowledge of “what works” to increase community safety, equity, and fairness in the justice system. Through this Request for Proposals (RFP), LJAF will provide funding to selected researchers to conduct rigorously designed research studies that answer lingering questions about improving court appearance alongside other outcomes for justice-involved individuals.

With guidance from research in the field and national pretrial experts, LJAF compiled a preliminary list of possible research objectives and questions for this solicitation. The list includes:

  1. Defining and assessing failure to appear in court
  2. Defining and improving the accuracy of non-appearance measurements
  3. Assessing the impact of court date notifications/reminders
  4. Assessing the impact of pretrial monitoring/supervision/case management
  5. Assessing the impact of supportive enhancements for appearance
  6. Incentivizing court appearance
  7. Responding to non-appearance
  8. Assessing procedural or structural enhancements for appearance
  9. Understanding the collateral effects of appearance

The list is not exhaustive, and the RFP is not limited to research answering these questions. In their proposals, respondents are encouraged to offer additional research questions that fall inside or outside of the listed research objectives. Respondents can express interest in conducting studies that address more than one objective and/or that answer multiple questions. For all research questions, respondents need to provide an explanation of how the questions can be addressed by specific study designs, whether quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods.

LJAF will answer questions related to this RFP during an optional call on December 5 at 3:00 p.m. ET. Potential respondents are encouraged to prepare for this conference call in advance by reviewing the research objectives and proposal requirements. To join the call, please dial (877) 594-8353 and use the code: 25475242#. Respondents are welcome to submit questions in advance by emailing [email protected] with “COURT APPEARANCE RFP CALL” in the subject line. Following the call, all questions and responses will be posted on LJAF’s website on or about December 12. Respondents are encouraged to check the site and adhere to any changes made to the RFP.

Funding Source: 
The Laura and John Arnold Foundation
Eligible Grantees: 

Competitive respondents will assemble a diverse team of experts to accomplish the breadth of work required under this RFP. Project teams will identify and establish a primary project director and fiscal agent for all subcontracts.