Council of State Governments Justice Center: Innovations in Supervision Initiative – Community Corrections Collaborations to Reduce Violent Crime and Recidivism
In partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center seeks to fund model sites for the Innovations in Supervision Initiative (ISI): Community Corrections Collaborations to Reduce Violent Crime and Recidivism program. This ISI Model Site Program is designed to:
- Help project partners and the field at large learn from partnerships between probation and/or parole (community corrections), law enforcement, and/or prosecuting agencies that have successfully reduced violent crime and recidivism in their jurisdictions
- Provide model sites with the opportunity to expand or improve their existing interagency partnership and/or related strategies
The CSG Justice Center was competitively selected by BJA to administer the ISI Model Site Program in partnership with the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, George Mason University’s Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence, the National Association of Probation Executives, and the National Police Foundation. Through the ISI Program, the CSG Justice Center and partners will select three model sites based on their existing interagency partnerships. The CSG Justice Center and project partners will work with these model sites to learn from their partnerships’ operations and outcomes, inform the development of a related publication, and assist them in improving or expanding their operations. Through participation in this program, selected model sites will have the opportunity to become national leaders by highlighting their cutting-edge strategies for collaboratively reducing violent crime and recidivism.
BJA and the CSG Justice Center are seeking applications wherein the partner agencies have targeted their resources to specific populations and for specific purposes as described below:
- The existing interagency partnership’s strategy(ies) is designed to reduce violent crime and recidivism
- The target population for the existing interagency partnership either entirely or partially comprises individuals on community supervision and assessed as medium, medium-high, and high risk of recidivism (including subsets of people in these risk levels, such as individuals under the supervision of community corrections for domestic or gang-related violence)
- The lead applicant (community corrections agency) is responsible for supervision of those individuals
In order to inform the development of a BJA publication to guide future community corrections partnerships with law enforcement and/or prosecuting agencies, selected model sites will be required to fulfill the following responsibilities:
- Actively engage in the ISI Model Site Advisory Committee, with participation from one or more staff members from the lead applicant agency in each activity, along with staff from partner agencies as requested. Advisory Committee activities will include: hosting and facilitating site visits for the CSG Justice Center and project partners to observe model site activities, including meetings, methods of communication, and other successful partnership strategies; responding to requests for information from the project partners, which may involve sharing information about how the model site functions, including its development and leadership, resources, goals, activities, decision-making processes, and outcomes; and reviewing and providing feedback on the aforementioned BJA publication as it is developed by the CSG Justice Center and project partners.
- Expand or improve the model site’s partnership and/or strategy(ies) therein through methods such as: expanding the model site’s partnership and/or strategy(ies) (e.g., to include another criminal justice agency or scale up to expand the target population); improving data sharing among partner agencies and/or other relevant agencies; increasing staff capacity through training; utilizing new technologies, such as data dashboards; developing or adopting and implementing a new tool or training on a tool, such as a risk and needs assessment tool adopted by all partner agencies; and developing a set of performance measures that assess the model site’s impact on reducing violent crime and recidivism.
Amount: Three awards of up to $500,000 each will be made.
Eligibility: Applications must come from a community corrections agency. Applicants must demonstrate that they satisfy the following eligibility criteria in order to be considered for this program:
- An existing partnership between a community corrections agency (lead applicant), law enforcement, and/or prosecuting agency (existing interagency partnership)
- A clearly defined and fully operational strategy(ies) designed to reduce violent crime and recidivism among people under the supervision of community corrections who are assessed as having a medium, medium-high, or high risk of recidivating
- Successful outcomes in reducing violent crime and recidivism among people under the supervision of community corrections
- Commitment to improving or expanding the existing interagency partnership or strategies therein
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