BJA FY 14 Justice Reinvestment Initiative: Maximizing State Reforms

Quick Facts

Due DateMay 22, 2014 (Thursday)
Award AmountUp to $ 1,750,000
Category of Funding ActivityLaw, Justice and Legal Services
Eligible Applicants
  • State governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Others - Eligible entities include units of state government and federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior) that can demonstrate substantial completion of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative model (see the Selection Criteria on page 20 for the key components of the model). States that underwent a formal justice reinvestment process prior to BJA?s launch of the formal Justice Reinvestment Initiative are eligible to apply. BJA will consider only one application per state or per tribal government. If more than one application is submitted for a state or tribal government, BJA will consider only the application that has received support from the Justice Reinvestment Initiative oversight council, committee, or task force charged with monitoring implementation and outcomes.

Program Description

Approximately 2.2 million people were incarcerated in federal, state, and local prisons and jails in 2012, a rate of 1 out of every 108 adults. The population declined for the fourth consecutive year, yet many state prison populations remain near all-time high levels. And despite the decline in population, state spending on corrections has remained high. Over the last 25 years, state corrections expenditures have increased exponentially?from $12 billion in 1988 to more than $53 billion estimated in 2013.2 Justice reinvestment emerged as a way to address these issues through a targeted, data-driven policymaking process. BJA, in a public/private partnership with The Pew Charitable Trusts, launched the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) in 2010 as a multistaged process in which a jurisdiction increases the cost-effectiveness of its criminal justice system and reinvests savings into high-performing public safety strategies. Under the JRI model, a governmental working group with bipartisan and interbranch representation analyzes the correctional population and its costs, develops cost-effective policy options, and implements reforms to manage correctional populations while enhancing public safety. JRI jurisdictions reinvest these cost savings into high-performing initiatives that make communities safer. In addition to reducing prison populations, justice reinvestment encourages states to embrace a culture of greater collaboration, data-driven decisionmaking, and increased use of evidence-based practices.

General Information

Funding Opportunity NumberBJA-2014-3856
Funding Opportunity TitleBJA FY 14 Justice Reinvestment Initiative: Maximizing State Reforms
Opportunity CategoryLaw, Justice and Legal Services
Funding Instrument TypeGrant
Category ExplanationNot Available
Number of AwardsNot Available
Cost Sharing or Matching RequirementNo
Posted DateApril 3, 2014 (Thursday)
Application Due DateMay 22, 2014 (Thursday)
Application Archive DateJune 21, 2014 (Saturday)
Total Program Funding$ 0
Award AmountUp to $ 1,750,000
CFDA Number
  • 16.827

Eligible Applicants

  • State governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Others - Eligible entities include units of state government and federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior) that can demonstrate substantial completion of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative model (see the Selection Criteria on page 20 for the key components of the model). States that underwent a formal justice reinvestment process prior to BJA?s launch of the formal Justice Reinvestment Initiative are eligible to apply. BJA will consider only one application per state or per tribal government. If more than one application is submitted for a state or tribal government, BJA will consider only the application that has received support from the Justice Reinvestment Initiative oversight council, committee, or task force charged with monitoring implementation and outcomes.

Contact Information

Agency NameDepartment of Justice
Program Information WebsiteFull Announcement
ContactOffice: Office of Justice Programs
Address: Bureau of Justice Assistance
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