Funding Opportunity to Implement Evidence-Based Pretrial Practices

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has recently announced they are seeking applications for the Smart Pretrial Demonstration Initiative (SPDI) grant. The SPDI grant program seeks to build upon analysis-driven, evidence-based pretrial justice by encouraging local and tribal jurisdictions to effectively implement risk assessment and appropriate supervision and/or diversion strategies targeting pretrial outcomes within their jurisdiction. The IACP supports law enforcement leaders engaging in this type of work through our Pretrial Justice Reform Initiative.

Under this solicitation, BJA will make up to three awards that cover both Phase 1 planning and Phase 2 implementation at up to $100,000 per year, for a total 2-year budget of $200,000. Sites need to include For Phase 3, BJA anticipates awarding a supplemental award for up to $100,000 based on successful site performance. BJA will invest significant resources in dedicated pretrial justice technical assistance, training, and research providers who will work directly with the three sites. Sites will not be required to fund these activities out of their local grant.

Because improvements to the pretrial system involve all local leaders, an important component of SPDI focuses on bringing together all key stakeholders, including Chief Judges, Chief Public Defenders and/or Leadership from the Private Defense Bar, Elected Prosecutors, Jail Administrators or County Sheriffs, City Police Chiefs or other lead Law Enforcement Entities, Directors of Pretrial Services, Community Corrections/Chief Probation Officers, and Elected County Officials or County Executives. The IACP encourages law enforcement leaders to consider working with their community partners to develop a proposal for this important initiative.

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 27, 2014. An informational video related to the solicitation will be available April 22. BJA will also be hosting Q&A sessions April 29, 2-3 pm EDT and May 6, 2-3 pm EDT.

Please visit regularly or sign up to receive emails from PJI for more information about the informational video and Q&A sessions. Click here to view the entire solicitation. Contact IACP Program Manager Dianne Beer-Maxwell at with questions about IACP’s Pretrial Justice Reform Initiative.

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