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Department of Justice: Smart Prosecution – Innovative Prosecution Solutions

Deadline: March 15, 2021

The purpose of the Smart Prosecution – Innovative Prosecution Solutions (IPS) Program is to provide state, local, and tribal prosecutors with funding to secure resources that will help reduce crime and increase public safety. The program encourages prosecutors and agencies to use data in the development of their strategies and projects and to develop effective, economical, and innovative responses to crime within their jurisdictions. The program’s goal is to test data-driven approaches that address one or more of the objectives listed below. Successful applicants will work closely with Bureau of Justice Assistance staff to assist prosecutorial agencies in incorporating innovative or evidence-based prosecution strategies as a fundamental component of their efforts to reduce crime and ensure public safety.

The program objectives include:

  • Test, establish, and/or expand programming that enhances prosecutors’ ability to prevent and respond to crime, especially violent crime, which could include the hiring of new prosecutors.
  • Foster effective, formalized, and consistent collaborations with external agencies, and the communities they serve, to increase public safety.
  • Use technology, intelligence, and data in innovative ways that enable prosecutors to focus resources on the people and places associated with high concentrations of crime, and to allow state and local prosecutors’ offices to improve their operations to aid communities in reducing crime.
  • Enable prosecutors to reduce caseloads through office modernization, hiring analytical or support staff, and updating information technology.

Expected project deliverables include:

  • Implementation of a project that modernizes prosecutors’ offices and/or improves prosecutors’ ability to effectively and sustainably prevent and respond to crime.
  • Written policies or procedures that demonstrate operational changes originated by the project.

Priority will be given to:

  • Applications that address specific challenges that rural communities face.
  • Applications that demonstrate that the individuals who are intended to benefit from the requested grant reside in high-poverty areas or persistent-poverty counties.
  • Applications that offer enhancements to public safety in economically distressed communities (Qualified Opportunity Zones).

Amount: $7,500,000 is available to make 22 awards of up to $340,000 over a period of 24 months.

Eligibility: City or township, County, or State governments; State and local prosecutorial agencies; Federally recognized Indian tribal governments that perform prosecution functions; Tribal consortia consisting of two or more federally recognized Indian tribes.

Note: All law enforcement agencies wishing to apply, as well as subgrantee law enforcement agencies, must meet specific certification requirements regarding use of force. See solicitation for details.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=330877

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