JRI Maximizing State Reforms Awards Announced for FY2017

October 18, 2017

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has announced the recipients of this year’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative: Maximizing State Reforms awards. The JRI Maximizing award began in FY2014. Under the grant program, states may apply to receive up to $1,750,000 over a period of 36 months.

According to BJA, the purpose of the FY2017 Justice Reinvestment Initiative: Maximizing State Reforms Grant Program is to “cement or amplify the goals of states’ justice reinvestment reform efforts, deepening their investment in and commitment to use data-driven decision making and evidence-based practices and programs.”

Awardees may use the funds to:

  • Promote the use of evidence-based, third-party programs and strategies;
  • Enhance paroling authorities’ use of evidence-based policy, practice, and decision making;
  • Create or expand the continuum of pretrial options;
  • Develop and pilot measures and analyses that account for crime type, risk level, and criminal history;
  • Establish or enhance performance incentive funding programs to encourage successful use of evidence-based practices in community supervision;
  • Pilot or scale up swift and certain intermediate sanctions;
  • Expand evidence-based reentry programs for people who are at a high risk of reoffending; or

Other uses that further the state’s justice reinvestment goals.

FY2017 JRI: Maximizing State Reforms Awards

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