U.S. Department of Justice: Innovations in Supervision Initiative – Building Capacity to Create Safer Communities
The Innovations in Supervision Initiative – Building Capacity to Create Safer Communities (Innovations in Supervision Initiative) will provide state and local community corrections agencies with information, resources, and training and technical assistance (TTA) on ways to improve supervision capacity and partnerships with other justice agencies to prevent recidivism and reduce crime in their jurisdictions.
Many offenders do not successfully complete their community supervision because they either fail to comply with their conditions of supervision or they commit a new crime. Comprehensive crime prevention and public safety strategies must address this population, whose contact with the justice system, while on supervision, is an opportunity to devise a strategy to decrease the likelihood they will commit future crimes.
The Innovations in Supervision Initiative provides opportunities to increase community corrections agencies’ ability to reduce crimes committed by those supervised in the community. The goal of the Innovations in Supervision Initiative is to improve the capacity and effectiveness of probation and parole agencies to increase probation and parole success rates and reduce the rate of recidivism for those under supervision. Such efforts would reduce crime, reduce admissions to prisons and jails, and save taxpayer dollars. Probation and parole are sentences served in lieu of incarceration. Probation agencies supervise adults sentenced to a term of supervision while remaining in the community instead of incarceration. Parole agencies supervise adults who are released from incarceration to serve the end of their terms under supervision in the community. In both scenarios, modern community corrections agencies serve dual missions to rehabilitate offenders into productive, law-abiding members of society and to protect public safety. These two missions are closely related—if agencies successfully rehabilitate offenders, they will not recidivate and commit new crimes. Thus the agency improves public safety.
Priority consideration will be given to applicants who propose strategies to reduce violent recidivism among high risk offenders, collaborate with justice partners, and employ randomized control trial (RCT) methods to evaluate effectiveness.
Amount: Approximately $5,000,000 is available to make up to five awards of up to $1,000,000 each. Project periods will be 48 months, with a 6-month planning period and 30-month intervention period, followed by a 12-month evaluation period.
Eligibility: States, units of local government, and federally recognized Indian tribal governments. Applications are encouraged from jurisdictions who have not yet benefited from the Second Chance Act or Innovations in Supervision Initiative programming.
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