Corrections_Research and Evaluation and Policy Formulation

To conduct, encourage, and coordinate research relating to corrections including the causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of criminal offenders.

To conduct evaluation programs which study the effectiveness of new approaches, techniques, systems, programs, and devices employed to improve

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the corrections system.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Awards have been made: (1) to research and develop an information base on classification systems and methods being used in corrections; (2) to design and implement community corrections options: and (3) to conduct communications audits in State departments of corrections.

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The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interest of the United States, ensuring public safety against threats foreign and domestic; providing Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeking just punishment for those guilty of unlawful pursuits; and ensuring fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

Office - Contact Chief, Research and Evaluation Division, 320 First Street NW Room 5007, Washington, DC 20534.

Telephone: (202) 307-2598.

Toll-free: 800-995-6423.

FAX: 303-307-3361.

NOTE: All applications are to be sent to the NIC Washington office.
Website Address

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Department Of Corrections $ 749,559   2009-10-012012-09-30
Department Of Public Safety And Corrections - $ 749,998   2009-10-012012-09-30
Baltimore City Health Department $ 750,000   2009-10-012012-09-30
Oregon Youth Authority $ 750,000   2009-10-012012-09-30
City And County Of San Francisco $ 660,615   2009-10-012012-09-30
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$ 0   
$ 0   
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Program Accomplishments

Fiscal year 2007 funds were largely directed to the design and implementation of classification systems at the State and local levels; projects in probation parole and intermediate sanctions; mental health care, Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), accelerated management, training, and staff recruitment/retention in prisons; and jail services and programs.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Provides assistance for upgrading correctional programs, services, and techniques at State and local levels.

Services are available to the entire range of correctional agencies, including probation, parole, institutions, jails, and community programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

States, general units of local government, public and private agencies, educational institutions, organizations and individuals involved in the development, implementation or operation of correctional programs and services.

Beneficiary Eligibility

States, general units of local government involved in the development, implementation or operation of correctional programs and services.


OMB Circular No. A-87 cost principles applicable to grants with State and local governments; OMB Circular No. A-21 cost principles for educational institutions; and OMB Circular No. A-122 cost principles for nonprofit organizations.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

When applying for grants, the standard application forms as furnished by the Federal agency and required by OMB Circular Nos.

A-102 (as applicable) must be used for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

For project grants, applicant submits proposal on Standard Form 424 - Federal Assistance. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular Nos. A-102, and A-110, A-128, and A-133. Environmental assessment is required for federally funded projects that are a major Federal action significantly affecting the human environment as defined in the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Award Procedures

A formal application (Standard Form 424 - Federal Assistance) is submitted to NIC. When it is determined that the project will be funded, a letter and award package are sent to the grantee.


Deadlines for applications are given by project in agency's Annual Program Plan document.


Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended; Public Law 93-415, 18 U.S.C. 4351-4353.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 90 days.


Appeals may be made to the Director of NIC.


Continuation grant.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funds advanced as required.

Post Assistance Requirements


Monthly and quarterly financial reports, quarterly programmatic progress reports, and final evaluation and financial reports.


Full fiscal and program audits at close of grant and on-site inspections as needed throughout the project period.


Grantee must keep complete records on receipt and disposition of federal funds for at least 3 years after the submission of the final financial report.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements and Contracts) FY 07 $3,238,211; FY 08 est $3,238,000; and FY 09 est $3,238,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$1,500 to $200,000; $75,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

National Institute of Corrections Annual Program Plan. National Institute of Corrections: Financial Management Guidelines for Grantees. National Institute of Corrections Guideline Manual: Instructions for Applying for Federal Assistance.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Contact Chief, Research and Evaluation Division, 320 First Street NW Room 5007, Washington, DC 20534. Telephone: (202) 307-2598. Toll-free: 800-995-6423. FAX: 303-307-3361. NOTE: All applications are to be sent to the NIC Washington office.

Headquarters Office

National Institute of Corrections, 320 First Street NW., Room 5007, Washington, DC 20534. Telephone: (202) 307- 3106. Toll-free: 800-995-6423. FAX: 202-307-3361. TDD: 202-307-3156.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

(1) Relatedness of proposed project to agency's mission, mandates, and program focuses; (2) quality and feasibility of project goals and objectives, design, implementation plan, and evaluation component when applicable; (3) past experience, qualifications, and capability of applicant to perform the proposed project; and (4) appropriateness of cost to perform proposed tasks.

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