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Smart on Juvenile Justice: Community Supervision Reform Grant

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)


    The Second Chance Act Smart on Juvenile Justice: Community Supervision Reform Program supports the planning and implementation phases of a comprehensive community supervision improvement/reform plan and will address the following:
    • Critical programmatic functions in day-to-day juvenile community supervision practice, including the use of a comprehensive assessment of risk for reoffending, strengths, and needs;
    • Cognitive-behavioral interventions;
    • Family engagement;
    • Release readiness;
    • Permanency planning; and
    • Staffing and workforce competencies.
    Community supervision efforts that include all six functions operating in tandem exemplify best practices for supporting youth who remain in or return to their communities from out-of-home placements.
    OJJDP will expect grantees to work with the OJJDP training and technical assistance providers to address how the jurisdictions strategy will include effective use of risks-need-responsivity tools to enhance structured professional judgement; opportunities to incorporate alternative responses and diversion to formal system involvement; graduated sanctions and incentives; realistic and enforceable supervision conditions; and links to community-based resources and non-correctional youth-serving systems, such as education, child welfare, employment, housing, behavioral health, and physical and mental health services.

    The goals of this program are to:
    • Promote and increase collaboration among agencies and officials who work in probation, pretrial, law enforcement, and related community corrections fields;
    • Implement strategies for the identification, supervision, and treatment of medium- to highrisk/needs youth that may serve as a model for other agencies throughout the nation;
    • Objectively assess and/or evaluate the impact of innovative and evidence-based supervision and treatment strategies; and
    • Demonstrate the use and efficacy of evidence-based practices and principles to improve the delivery of community supervision strategies and practices.
    OJJDP will give priority consideration to applicants who can best demonstrate that their proposal will:
    • Focus their initiative on geographic areas with a disproportionate population of youth receiving community supervision as a dispositional alternative and/or have been released from facilities.
    • Include relevant input from nonprofit organizations in any case where it is available and appropriate to the grant application, consultation with crime victims, youth released from youth facilities, and coordination with families of justice-involved youth.
    • Demonstrate effective case assessment and management abilities to provide comprehensive and continuous community supervision, including planning while youth are in a facility, prerelease transition housing, and community release; establishing prerelease planning procedures to ensure that the youths eligibility for federal or state benefits upon release is established prior to release, subject to any limitations in law, and to ensure that returning youth obtain all necessary referrals for services needed for successful functioning in their communities; and deliver continuous and appropriate drug treatment, medical care, job training and placement, educational services, or any other service or support needed for successful functioning in their communities.
    • Review the process by which the applicant adjudicates violations of parole, probation, or supervision following placement under supervision and/or release from a youth facility, taking into account public safety and the use of graduated, community-based sanctions for minor and technical violations of parole, probation, or supervision (specifically those violations that are not otherwise, and independently, a violation of law).
    • Provide for an independent evaluation of community supervision programs that include, to the maximum extent possible, random assignment and controlled studies to determine the effectiveness of such programs.
    • Target high-risk, justice-involved youth for community supervision programs through validated assessment tools.

    History of Funding

    None is available.

    Additional Information

    OJJDP requires all applications to include the following components within their proposal materials:
    • A juvenile community supervision strategic plan (strategic plan) that describes the applicants long-term reform strategy, including measurable annual and 5-year performance outcomes relating to the long-term goals of increasing public safety and reducing recidivism;
    • The strategic plan must include an implementation schedule and sustainability plan for the program;
    • Documentation reflecting the establishment of a juvenile community supervision reform/improvement task force composed of relevant state, tribal, territorial, or local leaders and representatives of relevant agencies, service providers, nonprofit organizations, and stakeholders;
    • Discussion of the role of local government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and community stakeholders that the applicant will coordinate and collaborate with on the juvenile community supervision strategy and certification of the involvement of such agencies and organizations;
    • Extensive evidence of collaboration with relevant state and local government health, mental health, housing, child welfare, education, substance abuse, victim services, child support, and employment services and local law enforcement agencies;
    • An extensive discussion of the role of state juvenile justice departments, community supervision agencies, and local secure confinement systems in ensuring successful supervision of youth who are reentering their communities;
    • Documentation that reflects explicit support of the chief executive officer of the applicant state, unit of local government, territory, or Indian tribe and how this office will remain informed and connected to the project activities; and
    • A description of the evidence-based methodology and outcome measures that the applicant will use to evaluate the program and a discussion of how the applicant will use such measurements to assess the impact of the program.


    National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center

    National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center
    Bureau of Justice Assistance
    810 Seventh Street NW
    Washington, DC 20531
    (800) 851-3420
    (301) 240-5830

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are limited to states, units of local government, and federally recognized tribal governments.

    Deadline Details

    Applications were to be submitted by May 8, 2017. A similar deadline is anticipated annually.

    Award Details

    OJJDP expects to make up to five awards of up to $650,000, with an estimated total amount awarded of up to $3.25 million. OJJDP expects to make awards for a 24-month period of performance, to begin on October 1, 2017. Cost matching of at least 50% is required. Grant recipients must provide a minimum of 255 of the total project cost in cash match and they may make as much as 25% of the total project cost through in-kind contributions of goods or services directly related to the purpose of the grant.


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