U.S. Department of Justice: Child-friendly Family Visiting Spaces in Jails and Prisons ProgramDeadline: July 12, 2021
The Child-friendly Family Visiting Spaces in Jails and Prisons Program seeks to assist correctional facilities to construct, renovate, or modify child-friendly family visiting spaces and review, modify, and implement visiting policies, procedures, staffing, training, and implementation plans to support family strengthening and the best interests of child visitors. The results should comply with the Model Practices for Parents in Prisons and Jails.
The objectives of the Child-friendly Family Visiting Spaces in Prisons and Jails Program are to:
* Create child-friendly family visiting spaces, policies, protocols, and experiences in correctional facilities.
* Promote and increase staff capacity to integrate the Model Practices for Parents in Prisons and Jails into the day-to-day operations and cultures of correctional facilities.
* Identify and document innovative and promising practices in order to inform similar efforts across the nation.
* Create family-strengthening cultures in correctional facilities.
The required program deliverables are:
1. A comprehensive, individualized Child-friendly Family Visiting Implementation Plan that will guide the grantee’s activities. (A needs assessment will be provided to help guide this plan.) The plan must be finalized during the first 6 months following approval of the grant budget, and it must be supported by BJA and a technical assistance (TA) coach.
2. Documentation of any renovation, construction, or physical plant modification plans.
3. Documentation, developed in conjunction with the TA coach, of innovative and promising work accomplished during the grant period, which will be made publicly available.
Priority consideration will be given to:
* Projects that advance the promotion of civil rights, access to justice, support to crime victims, protecting the public from crime and evolving threats, or building trust between law enforcement and the community.
* Applicants that demonstrate that the individuals who are intended to benefit from the requested grant reside in high-poverty areas or persistent-poverty counties. For purposes of this priority consideration, the term ‘‘high poverty area’’ means any census tract with a poverty rate of at least 20 percent as measured by the 2013–2017 5-year data series available from the American Community Survey of the Census Bureau (applicants may search by census tract at https://www.census.gov/acs/www/data/data-tables-andtools/narrative profiles/2017/) and the term ‘‘persistent-poverty counties’’ means any county that has had 20 percent or more of its population living in poverty over the past 30 years, as measured by the 1990 and 2000 decennial censuses and the most recent Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates (applicants may search by county at https://www.census.gov/data/tables/time-series/dec/census-poverty.html and at https://www.census.gov/programssurveys/saipe.html).
Amount: A total of $1,750,000 is available to make up to five awards that range up to $350,000, including two awards for prison-based projects and three awards for jail-based projects. The project period is 36 months.
Eligibility: City or township governments, County governments, Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal
governments), State governments, Other.