Corrections_Technical Assistance/Clearinghouse

To encourage and assist Federal, State, and local government programs and services, and programs and services of other public and private agencies, institutions, and organizations in their efforts to develop and implement improved corrections programs.

To assist and serve in a consulting capacity
to Federal, State, and local courts, departments, and agencies in the development, maintenance, and coordination of programs, facilities, services, training, treatment, and rehabilitation with respect to criminal and juvenile offenders.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

(1) grants to jails to improve jail operations, programs and services; (2) grants to correctional agencies to evaluate offender classification systems; (3) grants to correctional agencies to improve programs and services for female offenders; (4) contracts to individuals to provide specialized assistance to correctional agencies, (5) grants to probation and parole agencies to improve decision making and revocation process; and (6) grants to local jurisdictions to develop a range of community sanctions.


Agency - Department of Justice

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 - For jail-related information, contact Chief NIC Jails Division, 320 First Street NW Room 5007, Washington DC 20534.

Telephone: (202)307-5811 Toll-Free (800) 995-6423 FAX: (202)-307-3361 For technical assistance related to staff training, contact Chief NIC Academy Division, 791 N.

Chambers RD, Aurora, CO 80011.

Telephone: (303) 365-4400.

Toll-free: (800)995-6429.

FAX: (303) 365-4455.

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

http://www.usdoj.gov




Program Accomplishments

During fiscal year 2007, technical assistance was provided in response to 252 requests from State and local correctional agencies in 50 States and the District of Columbia. NIC (Cooperative Agreements and Contracts) are available also to enable correctional agencies to engage technical assistance directly.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Provides assistance for upgrading and and operation of correctional facilities, programs, and services 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.

Credentials/Documentation

Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for 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 No.

A-102 must be used for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

For project grants, applicant submits proposal on Standard Form 424 - Federal Assistance. Applications under this program are subject to State Level Review under E.O. 12372 "Intergovernmental Review of Federal programs" which provides for a 30 or 60 day review of proposed Federal action and transmittal of comments through a Single State Point of Contact. An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular Nos. A-102, A-110, 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.

Award Procedures

A formal application (Standards 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

Deadlines for applications are given by project in agency's Annual Program Plan Document. Agency requests for technical assistance are accepted throughout the year.

Authorization

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

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 90 days.

Appeals

Appeals may be made to the Director of NIC.

Renewals

Continuation grant.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

None.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Funds advanced as required.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

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

Audits

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

Records

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

15-1060-0-1-754.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements and Contracts) FY 07 $4,095,086; FY 08 est $4,000,000; and FY 09 est $4,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

$10,000 to $100,000; $40,000.

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

For jail-related information, contact Chief NIC Jails Division, 320 First Street NW Room 5007, Washington DC 20534. Telephone: (202)307-5811 Toll-Free (800) 995-6423 FAX: (202)-307-3361 For technical assistance related to staff training, contact Chief NIC Academy Division, 791 N. Chambers RD, Aurora, CO 80011. Telephone: (303) 365-4400. Toll-free: (800)995-6429. FAX: (303) 365-4455. NOTE: All applications are to be sent to the NIC Washington office.

Headquarters Office

Technical Assistance Coordinator, (for Prisons or Community Corrections) 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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