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U.S. Department of Justice: Innovative Prosecution Solutions for Combating Violent Crime

Deadline: April 16, 2019

The Innovative Prosecution Solutions for Combating Violent Crime (Innovative Prosecution Solutions) Program seeks to provide state, local, and tribal prosecutors with information, resources, and training and technical assistance (TTA) to develop effective strategies and programs to address and prosecute individuals who commit violent crime. Prosecutors are leaders within the criminal justice system and possess an enormous responsibility within the criminal justice system. Accordingly, they are well positioned to bring the police, the community, and local agencies together to combat violent crime in their jurisdictions.

The Innovative Prosecution Solutions Program encourages prosecutors to use data in the development of their violent crime strategies and programs. As such, it builds upon analysis-driven, promising practices and evidence-based prosecution by encouraging state, local, and tribal prosecutorial agencies to develop effective, economical, and innovative responses to crime within their jurisdictions.

The Program encourages the exploration of new solutions to public safety concerns, as well as addresses internal operations and organizational structure of prosecutors’ offices. The program is intended to support prosecutors as leaders among their criminal justice partners and develop criminal justice strategies focused on reducing violent crime. Recipients of funding will test promising crime prevention, response, and reduction practices; implement evidence-based interventions; improve the effectiveness and efficiency of prosecutors’ processes and procedures; and establish sustainable partnerships with researchers to evaluate their effectiveness.

Some creative solutions implemented by prosecutors around the country that centered on issue areas and also assist with the prioritization of cases include:

  • Developing ways to identify the most violent repeat offenders
  • Developing mechanisms to prosecute individuals who are responsible for opioid related deaths or the sale of drugs leading to overdoses
  • Using data to develop zone/geographic prosecution
  • Developing ways to identify the most violent repeat offenders
  • Developing mechanisms to prosecute individuals who are responsible for opioid related deaths or the sale of drugs leading to overdoses
  • Using data to develop zone/geographic prosecution
  • Using crime analysis tools, through strategies like GunStat, to track violence involving the criminal use of a firearm
  • Developing policies to prosecute witness intimidation cases
  • Working jointly with parole and probation departments on violations of probation
  • Enhancing the prosecutor’s role in investigations of homicide cases and cybercrime strategies to improve public safety
  • Working jointly with police and the United States Attorney to develop formal processes to prioritize cases for the most appropriate venue for prosecution

Several core elements must be in place to support a successful Innovative Prosecution Solutions Program. These include strong executive support for the project within the prosecutor’s office; sophisticated problem and data analysis efforts; and a commitment to making organizational and operational changes to sustain the strategies found to be successful, as measured by the project’s evaluation. Under the Innovative Prosecution Solutions Program, prosecutors are also strongly encouraged to partner with a researcher, and to establish innovative and effective working relationships with citizens and community leaders to gain support for the prosecutors’ proposed initiatives. Agencies are also expected to leverage data from other criminal justice entities—such as parole, probation, corrections, the judiciary, and law enforcement agencies—to aid in their activities.

Amount: A total of $2,160,000 is available to make up to six awards of up to $360,000. The project period is for 24 months.

Eligibility: State and local prosecutorial agencies, federally recognized Indian tribal governments that perform prosecution functions, or tribal consortia consisting of two or more federally recognized Indian tribes (including tribal consortia operated as nonprofit organizations) acting as a fiscal agent for one or more prosecutor agencies.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=312840

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