U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
06/18/18 11:59 PM ET
Grants to USA nonprofits, for-profits, and IHEs to improve the ability of prosecutors to effectively represent the public’s interests in state capital cases, and to enhance representation in capital case litigation. Applicants are advised to verify or create the required registrations well in advance of the deadline date.
The purpose of the Capital Case Litigation Initiative (CCLI) is to assist states with: (1) enhancing the ability of prosecutors to effectively represent the public in state capital cases; (2) developing and implementing appropriate standards of practice and qualifications for state and local prosecutors who litigate capital cases; (3) minimizing the potential for error in the trial of capital cases; and (4) improving the quality of legal representation provided to indigent defendants in state capital cases. BJA achieves this purpose by funding national training and technical assistance (TTA) providers that work with states, prosecutors, and defense counsel in capital cases.
Death as a punishment for a crime, or capital punishment, is currently authorized in 31 states. From pre-trial to execution, each stage of a capital case is unique and requires extensive knowledge and training in order to represent the interests of crime victims, their families, and the public, as well as the interests of indigent defendants. These cases also are governed by unique evidentiary rules and processes and require a specific set of skills.
A strong criminal justice system has a robust adversarial system and ensures that both prosecutors and defense attorneys have the training and technical assistance necessary to effectively carry out their legal obligations in all cases. CCLI focuses on training for prosecutors and defense counsel, standards of practice, qualifications and performance assessments for prosecutors, and potential justice system improvements that minimize the potential for error in the trial of capital cases.
Objectives and Deliverables:
The objectives of CCLI are to create training programs and provide resources and tools for state and local prosecutors and defense attorneys to ensure effective representation in state capital cases.
BJA is seeking up to two providers to deliver training and technical assistance (TTA), nationwide, on death penalty issues to prosecutors to enhance their ability to effectively represent the public in state capital cases, and to defense attorneys to improve the quality of legal representation provided to indigent defendants in state capital cases. The selected providers must coordinate training efforts between one another.
Specifically, the selected TTA providers will be expected to:
-Define the training needs of states with regard to capital case litigation, including enhancing the quality of representation by prosecutors and defense counsel.
-Review, update, and develop, as necessary, the training curricula for prosecutors representing the public in state capital cases.
-Review, update, and develop, as necessary, the training curricula for defense attorneys representing indigent defendants in state capital cases.
-Provide technical assistance to states to assess the performance, standards of practice, and qualifications of capital case prosecutors.
-Conduct training evaluations following all training sessions. The evaluations should collect feedback on the value and utility of the training, as well as solicit recommendations for improvements.
-Describe a methodology for TTA delivery, including cost savings and enhancement partnerships with states and organizations. Trainings may include webinars, peer-to-peer learning, online training, and other delivery methods that demonstrate creative, cost-conscious, and effective methods to reach the targeted audiences.
-Arrange all travel and logistical requirements for each proposed training session and technical assistance engagement.
-Comply with OJP conference reporting requirements and other award conditions.
TTA Provider Requirements:
BJA TTA providers are required to coordinate all TTA activities with BJA’s National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC). The successful applicants will be required to comply with NTTAC protocols in order to ensure coordinated delivery of services among TTA providers and effective use of BJA TTA grant funding. BJA reserves the right to reasonably modify these protocols at any time, at its discretion.
The TTA provider also will be required to participate in BJA’s GrantStat for specified grantees. Through GrantStat, BJA management and staff examine the performance of the grant programs funded by BJA by tracking grantee and program performance along several key indicators. GrantStat calls for the collection and analysis of performance data and other relevant grant-level information that enables BJA as well as its TTA partners to be held accountable for the grantee’s and program’s performance as measured against the program’s objectives.
Evidence-based Programs or Practices:
OJP strongly emphasizes the use of data and evidence in policy making and program development in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services. OJP is committed to:
-Improving the quantity and quality of evidence OJP generates.
-Integrating evidence into program, practice, and policy decisions within OJP and the field.
-Improving the translation of evidence into practice.
OJP considers programs and practices to be evidence-based when their effectiveness has been demonstrated by causal evidence, generally obtained through one or more outcome evaluations. Causal evidence documents a relationship between an activity or intervention (including technology) and its intended outcome, including measuring the direction and size of a change, and the extent to which a change may be attributed to the activity or intervention. Causal evidence depends on the use of scientific methods to rule out, to the extent possible, alternative explanations for the documented change. The strength of causal evidence, based on the factors described above, will influence the degree to which OJP considers a program or practice to be evidence-based.
Information Regarding Potential Evaluation of Programs and Activities:
The Department of Justice has prioritized the use of evidence-based programming and deems it critical to continue to build and expand the evidence informing criminal and juvenile justice programs to reach the highest level of rigor possible. Therefore, applicants should note that the Office of Justice Programs may conduct or support an evaluation of the programs and activities funded under this solicitation. Recipients and subrecipients will be expected to cooperate with program-related assessments or evaluation efforts, including through the collection and provision of information or data requested by OJP (or its designee) for the assessment or evaluation of any activities and/or outcomes of those activities funded under this solicitation. The information or data requested may be in addition to any other financial or performance data already required under this program.
GrantWatch ID#: 142590
BJA expects to make up to two awards.
Up to $250,000
BJA expects to make awards for a 24-month period of performance, to begin on or after October 1, 2018.
BJA may, in certain cases, provide additional funding in future years to awards made under this solicitation, through continuation awards. In making decisions regarding continuation awards, OJP will consider, among other factors, the availability of appropriations, when the program or project was last competed, OJP’s strategic priorities, and OJP’s assessment of both the management of the award (for example, timeliness and quality of progress reports), and the progress of the work funded under the award.
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