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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2013, $224,469)
The Encouraging Innovation: Field-Initiated (FI) Program is funded under the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (42 U.S.C. 3751(a) et seq.), the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to state, local and tribal jurisdiction. It is designed to prevent and reduce crime and enhance the criminal justice system through collaboration with the field to identify, define, and respond to emerging or chronic crime problems and systemic issues. The FI Program furthers the Department's mission by trying new approaches, addressing gaps in responses, building or translating research knowledge, or building capacity to address the issues that bring fresh perspectives and ideas to enhance practices and prevent crime in the field.
The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) will address the systemic challenge of unnecessary pretrial confinement. Inmates awaiting trial comprise the majority of local jail populations and may account for half or more of local corrections costs. The effective representation of counsel at bail hearings has a proven impact on the ability of defendants to obtain pretrial release. The proposed grant project seeks to adapt and replicate a successful model, developed by the Kentucky public defender system, for enhancing pretrial release advocacy. The NACDL will document the project through pretrial release statistics and qualitative reporting. The training and technical assistance provided by the grantee will equip the defense bar with the resources necessary to effectively advocate for pretrial release.
The Swift, Certain, and Fair Sanctions Program (SCF): Replicating the Concepts Behind Project HOPE Program provides funding to states, units of local government, territories, and federally recognized Indian tribes (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior) in an effort to enhance public safety, foster collaboration, and to improve the outcomes of individuals under the supervision of community corrections.
The goals of this program, funded by the Consolidated and Further Appropriations Act, 2015, Pub. L. No. 113-235, 128 Stat. 2130, 2194, are to develop and enhance SCF initiatives and implement the SCF model with fidelity, resulting in reduced recidivism and better outcomes for program participants. SCF approaches are intended to: (a) improve supervision strategies that reduce recidivism; (b) promote and increase collaboration among agencies and officials who work in community corrections and related fields to enhance swift and certain sanctions; (c) enhance the offenders perception that the supervision decisions are fair, consistently applied, and consequences are transparent; and (d) improve the outcomes of individuals participating in these initiatives.
NACDL seeks to expand the work it has begun in Colorado, New Jersey, and Wisconsin, to three other jurisdictions. Using the template of the Colorado Bail Book, NACDL will create defender manuals that cover each jurisdictions bail history and reform, risk assessment instruments if applicable, statutes, constitutional provisions and case law, and essential guidelines for effective advocacy at initial appearance and appeal of adverse determinations.