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Second Chance  Act  Grant  Programs:   Responding  to  the  FY  2014  Smart   Supervision  Solicita@on   Brought  to  you  by  the  Na.onal  Reentry  Resource  Center  and  the  Bureau  of   Jus.ce  Assistance,  U.S.  Department  of  Jus.ce   ©  2014  Council  of  State  Governments  Jus.ce  Center  

Speakers •  Leah  Kane   Deputy  Program  Director,  Reentry   Council  of  State  Governments  Jus.ce  Center     •  Julie  James    Senior  Policy  Advisor    Bureau  of  Jus.ce  Assistance    U.S.  Department  of  Jus.ce  

The Second  Chance  Act   •  Public  Law  110-­‐199   signed  into  law  on  April   8,  2008     •  Purpose:  to  help  states   and  reduce   recidivism

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The Second  Chance  Act     Current  Funding   •  In  fiscal  year  (FY)  2014,  $67.7  million  was  appropriated  for  Second   Chance  Act  grant  programs.     •  Funding  will  be  distributed  between  adult  and  juvenile  grant  programs,   and  across  solicita.ons.   •  Three  FY14  solicita.ons  have  been  released  to  date:   •  Smart  Supervision  Program:  Reducing  Prison  Popula.ons,  Saving  Money,  and   Safer  hTps://   •  Reentry  Program  for  Adult  Offenders  with  Co-­‐Occurring  Substance  Abuse  and  Mental   Health  Disorders:  hTps://     •  Technology  Career  Training  Program  for  Incarcerated  Adults  and  Juveniles:   hTps://  

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Smart Supervision:  Reducing  Prison   Popula.ons,  Saving  Money,  and  Safer   •  Solicita.on  is  available  at   hTps://   •  Applica.ons  are  due  on  April  7,  2014.   •  Applicants  are  limited  to  states,  units  of  local  government,  and   federally  recognized  Indian  tribal  governments.  

Smart Supervision   •  Goal:  develop  and  test  strategies   and  implement  evidence-­‐based  proba@on  and   parole  approaches  that  increase  community   safety  and  reduce  violent  crime  by  effec.vely   addressing  individuals’  risk  and  needs  and   reducing  recidivism.      

Objec.ves •  Improve  supervision  strategies  that  will  reduce   recidivism.     •  Promote  and  increase  collabora.on  among  agencies   and  officials  who  work  in  proba.on,  parole,  pretrial,   law  enforcement,  treatment,  reentry,  and  related   community  correc.ons  fields.     •  Develop  and  implement  strategies  for  the   iden.fica.on,  supervision,  and  treatment  of  “high  risk/ high  needs”  supervisees  that  may  serve  as  a  model  for   other  agencies  throughout  the  na.on.    

Objec.ves (con.nued)   •  Develop  and  implement  strategies  to  iden.fy  and   enroll  uninsured  supervisees  into  Medicaid,  or  other   insurance  through  health  exchanges,  and  to  connect   them  to  treatment  providers  as  appropriate.     •  Objec.vely  assess  and/or  evaluate  the  impact  of  and  evidence-­‐based  supervision  and   treatment  strategies.     •  Demonstrate  the  use  and  efficacy  of  evidence-­‐based   prac.ces  and  principles  to  improve  the  delivery  of   supervision  strategies  and  prac.ces.    

Mandatory Requirements   All  projects  are  required  to  include  the  following  components   within  their  proposal  materials:   •  Demonstrate  agency  commitment  to  the  proposed   •  Clearly  demonstrate  the  appropriate  use  and  integra.on  of   evidence-­‐based  principles  such  as  the  assessment  of  risk  and   needs.   •  Document  a  baseline  recidivism  rate  based  on  historical  data.   •  Incorporate  a  research  partner  to  assist  with  a)  data   collec.on  and  analysis,  b)  problem  assessment,  c)  strategy   development,  or  d)  monitoring  and  evalua.on  performance.    

Approved Uses  of  Funds   Proposed  projects  must  include  at  least  one  of  the  approved   uses  listed  below:    

•  Increase the  capacity  of  states,,  and  tribal  to  help   proba.on  or  parole  agencies  improve  supervision.     •  Test  new  policies  and  strategies  in  community  supervision  and  treatment   to  increase  public  safety  and  generate  savings.     •  Analyze  and  implement  changes  to  policies  and  prac.ces  that  guide   community  supervision  condi.ons  and  revoca.on  procedures.     •  Promote  the  use  of  evidence-­‐based  programs  and  strategies  by  service   providers  that  provide  treatment,  aiercare,  reentry  services,  and   alterna.ves  to  incarcera.on  to  those  on  supervision.   •  Plan  and  strategize  for  how  expanded  op.ons  for  access  to  healthcare  can   enhance  outcomes  for  supervisees.   •  Expand  collabora.on  and  strategic  partnerships  between  community   supervision  agencies  and  law  enforcement.     •  Evaluate  the  results  of  the  new  strategies  and  tools  tested  through  this      

Selec.on Criteria   •  Program  must  address:   –  Statement  of  the  Problem  (15%  of  total  score)   –  Program  Design  and  Implementa.on  (35%)   –  and  Competencies  (25%)   –  Plan  for  the  Data  Required  for  this   Solicita.on’s  Performance  Measures  (5%)   –  Impact/Outcomes,  Evalua.on,  and  Sustainment  (10%)    

•  Budget accounts  of  10%  of  total  score   •  Please  see  pages  11-­‐16  of  the  solicita.on  for  a   full  list  of  applica.on  requirements  

Statement of  the  Problem   •  Clearly  define  the  scope  of  the  problem  the  proposed  project  seeks   to  impact.   –  Size  and  demographic  make-­‐up  of  the  popula.on   –  Current  organiza.on/management  structure  of  the  responsible  agency/en.ty   –  Describe  the  use  of  evidence-­‐based  strategies  including  the  type  of  risk/needs   assessment  instrument  u.lized   –  Describe  current  viola.on  rate  and  translate  into  baseline  recidivism  rate.   Clearly  ar.culate  how  the  recidivism  rate  is  calculated.    

•  Describe how  the  applicant  an.cipates  the  project’s   implementa.on  will  improve  the  effec.veness  and  efficiency  of  the   delivery  of  supervision.   •  Explain  the  inability  to  fund  the  program  adequately  without   federal  assistance.  

Program Design  and   Implementa.on   •  Clearly  ar.culate  the  goals  of  the  proposed  project   and  connect  them  to  the  overarching  goals  of  the   solicita.on  set  forth  on  page  5.     •  Describe  how  the  proposed  project  will   address  the  Mandatory  Project  Components  on  page   5.     •  Refer  to  the  “approved  uses  of  funds”  sec.on  on   pages  5-­‐7  and  describe  specifically  which  areas  the   project  will  address.    

Program Design  and   Implementa.on  (con.nued)   •  Use  data  to  support  the  project  design.     •  Describe  the  roles  and  of  the   research  partner  and  how  the  role  of  the  role  of  the   research  partner  is  integrated  into  the  SSP  strategy.     •  Indicate  the  number  of  people  under  community   supervision  who  would  receive  services  if  this  proposal  is   funded. •  Describe  the  management  structure  and  staffing  of  the  project,   iden.fying  the  agency  responsible  for  the  project  and  the  grant   coordinator.     •  Demonstrate  the  capability  of  the  agency  and  partners  to  implement  the  project,  including   gathering  and  analyzing  informa.on,  developing  a  plan,  and  the  program.     •  Describe  the  qualifica.ons  of  the  SSP  research  partner  and  the   prior  experience  of  the  researcher  with  “ac.on  research,”  including   prior  work  with  proba.on  or  parole  agencies  and  other  criminal   jus.ce  partners.    

Plan for  Data   •  Current  performance  measures  for  this  program  are  available   at   hTp://     –  Performance  measures  as  wriTen  apply  only  to  proba.on,  but  will  be   adjusted  to  include  parole.    

•  By applying  for  the  solicita.on,  all  applicants  agree  that  they   will  report  on  these  measures  when  they  are  released  in  their   final  form.     •  All  applicants  must  their  method  and  process  for   and  required  performance  metrics  data.  

Impact/Outcomes, Evalua.on,  and   Sustainment   •  Iden.fy  goals  and  objec.ves  for  program  development,  implementa.on,   and  outcomes.     •  Describe  how  performance  will  be  documented,  monitored,  and   evaluated,  and  iden.fy  the  impact  of  the  strategy  once  implemented.     •  Outline  what  data  and  informa.on  will  be  collected  and  describe  how   evalua.on  and  partnerships  will  be  leveraged  to  build  long-­‐ term  support  and  resources  for  the  program.     •  Describe  a  plan  for  the  evalua.on  of  the  project  and  document  a  rela.onship  with  an,  third-­‐party  evaluator  such  as   a  local  college  or  university.  Specifically  iden.fy  and  describe  the   partnership  and  collabora.on     •  Discuss  how  this  effort  will  be  integrated  into  the  state  or  tribal  jus.ce   system  plans  or  commitments,  how  the  program  will  be  financially   sustained  aier  federal  funding  ends,  and  the  expected  long-­‐term  results   for  the  program.    

Budget •  Con.ngent  upon  the  availability  of  funds,  awards  of  up  to   $750,000  will  be  made  for  a  period  of  up  to  36  months.   •  Applicants  must  provide  a  proposed  budget  that  is  complete,   cost,  and  allowable  (reasonable,  allocable,  and   necessary  for  project   •  Applicants  should  set  aside  an  appropriate  percent  of  the   total  grant  award  for  research,  data  collec.on,  performance   measurement,  and  performance  assessment.   •  Applicants  must  budget  funding  to  travel  to  Department  of   Jus.ce-­‐sponsored  grant  mee.ngs.  Applicants  should  es.mate   the  costs  of  travel  and  accommoda.ons  for  three  people  to   aTend  two  three-­‐day  mee.ngs  in  Washington  D.C.    

Matching Requirement   This  solicita.on  does  not  require  a  match.  However,  if   an  applicant  proposes  a  voluntary  match  amount,   receives  an  award,  and  OJP  approves  their  budget,  the   match  amount  becomes  mandatory  and  subject  to   audit.  

Addi.onal ATachments   •  See  page  14-­‐16  of  the  solicita.on  for  other   required  aTachments,  including:   –  LeTers  of  support   –  Project  .meline   –  Posi.on  descrip.ons   –  Disclosure  of  pending  applica.ons   –  Research  and  Evalua.on  Independence  and   Integrity  

Contact Informa.on   For  ques@ons  about  the  process  of  submiDng  an   applica@on:     For  technical  assistance  with  submiong  the  applica.on,   contact  the  Customer  Support  Hotline  at   1-­‐800-­‐518-­‐4726  or  via  e-­‐mail  to  The  Support  Hotline  hours  of  opera.on  are  24  hours,  7   days  a  week,  except  federal  holidays.   For  ques@ons  about  the  specific  requirements  of  the   solicita@on:     For  assistance  with  any  other  requirements  of  the  solicita.on,   contact  the  BJA  Jus.ce  Informa.on  Center  at  1-­‐877-­‐927-­‐5657   or  via  email  to  The  BJA  Jus.ce  Informa.on   Center  hours  of  opera.on  are  8:30  a.m.  to  5:00  p.m.  ET,   Monday  through  Friday,  and  8:30  a.m.  to  8:00  p.m.  ET  on  the   solicita.on  close  date.  

Other Helpful  Resources   Applicants  can  obtain  more  informa.on  on  evidence-­‐based  strategies   for  proba.on  supervision  from  the  following  resources:   •  A  Ten-­‐Step  Guide  to  Transforming  Proba7on  Departments  to   Reduce  Recidivism,  Council  of  State  Governments  Jus.ce  Center   ( hTp://­‐step-­‐ guide-­‐to-­‐transforming-­‐proba.on-­‐departments-­‐to-­‐reduce-­‐ recidivism/)     •  Pu<ng  Public  Safety  First:  13  Strategies  for  Successful  Supervision   and  Reentry,  The  Urban  Ins.tute  (     •  Maximum  Impact:  Targe7ng  Supervision  on  Higher-­‐Risk  People,   Places  and  Times,  The  Pew  Center  on  the  States   (    

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This presenta.on  was  prepared  by  the  Council  of  State  Governments  Jus.ce  Center,  in  partnership  with  Gary  Dennis,   Senior  Policy  Advisor  to  the  Bureau  of  Jus.ce  Assistance,  U.S.  Department  of  Jus.ce.  Presenta.ons  are  not  externally   reviewed  for  form  or  content.  The  statements  reflect  the  views  of  the  authors  and  should  not  be  considered  the   official  posi.on  of  the  CSG  Jus.ce  Center,  the  members  of  the  Council  of  State  Governments.