Smart Prosecution Initiative

Prosecutors are key decision-makers and policy makers in the criminal justice system.

They represent the community, strive to control crime and ensure that justice prevails.

The local prosecutor ensures that justice is done in a fair, effective and efficient manner, and is focused on three

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goals: 1) to promote the fair, impartial and expeditious pursuit of justice; 2) to ensure safer communities; and 3) to promote integrity in the prosecution profession and effective coordination in the criminal justice system.

As prosecutors begin to use innovative, best practice or evidenced-based approaches to address the goals listed above, there is a need to research and evaluate those efforts.

Smart Prosecution seeks to encourage exploration of new solutions to public safety concerns, as well as internal operations and organizational structure, while employing a research partner at the problem definition stage through assessment of strategies and solutions.

Areas of focus include, but are not limited to, applying best or evidenced-based practices to contemporary crime problems and criminogenic circumstances; developing innovative data-driven approaches to contemporary crime problems and criminogenic circumstances; or inculcating innovative, best, or evidence-based approaches in local offices.

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.

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Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funding is for site-based awards and training and technical assistance (TTA).

Funds maybe used to test data-driven strategies-innovative, best practice, or evidenced-based-as they are implemented by prosecutors.

Smart Prosecution applicants will identify a problem to be addressed and enlist a local research partner to help assess the effectiveness of their Smart Prosecution Effort.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Site-based-- Eligible applicants are limited to state, local, and tribal prosecutor agencies or a government agency acting as fiscal agent for the applicant.

TTA-- Eligible applicants are limited to for-profit (commercial) organizations, nonprofit organizations, and institutions of higher learning that support national initiatives to improve the functioning of the criminal justice system.

For-profit organizations must agree to waive any profit or fees for services.

Beneficiary Eligibility



No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." 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.

Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Applicants must submit completed applications via the Office of Justice Programs, Grants Management System or through following established criteria. The receipt, review, and analysis of applications will follow Office of Justice Programs policies and procedures for the administration of grant applications. Specific application instructions for solicitations are available at the Office of Justice Programs web site (

Award Procedures

Upon approval by the Assistant Attorney General, successful applicants are notified via the Grants Management System. One copy of the grant award must be signed by the authorized official and returned to the Office of Justice Programs.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014
Pub. L. No. 113-76, 128 Stat. 5, 61, Public Law 113-76, 128 Stat. 5, 61.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days.


From 90 to 120 days. Determined by the Assistant Attorney General, OJP.


A grant may be supplemented.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Assistance is drawn down according to a timeline submitted by grantee. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Competitive award and money are released when grantee draws down funds based on an approve timeline.

Post Assistance Requirements


No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

Recipients are required to submit semi-annual Progress Reports.

Recipients are required to submit quarterly Financial Reports.

To assist in fulfilling the Departments responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), Public Law 103-62, and the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010, Public Law 111-352, recipients must provide data that measures the results of their work.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. Payments and transactions are subject to audits by the Government Accountability Office, Department of Justice s Office of the Inspector General, state or local government auditors, and auditors from independent public accounting firms. Jurisdictions must follow their local policies and procedures, including maintenance of reliable and accurate accounting systems, record keeping, and systems of internal control.


Recipients of federal funds are expected to retain documentation supporting all program transactions for at least 3 years after the closure of audit reports related to such funding. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, or other action involving records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records must be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all related issues, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 13 $0; FY 14 est $2,500,000; and FY 15 est $5,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

View solicitation at OJP Funding Opportunities;
OJP Financial Guide 2013;
Post award Instructions; and, applicable OMB Circulars, and Department of Justice regulations applicable to specific types of grantees, which can be found in title 28 of the Code of Federal Regulations (28 C.F.R.).

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Kim Ball U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Bureau of Justice Assistance
810 7th Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20531 Phone: 202-616-6500

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria are described in the OJP Program Announcement available at

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