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Swift, Certain, and Fair Resource Center

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $1,221,769)

The Innovative Responses to Behavior in the Community: Swift, Certain, and Fair (SCF) Supervision Program provides state and local parole and probation agencies with information, resources, and training and technical assistance to improve responses to offender behavior in accordance with the principles of swiftness, certainty, and fairness to prevent recidivism and reduce crime in their jurisdictions.

The overall purpose of the SCF Program is to expand those principles and test new implementations of SCF responses to increase probation and parole success rates. Additionally, the SCF Program seeks to reduce the number of crimes committed by those under probation and parole supervision, which would in turn reduce crime, decrease admissions to prisons and jails (in a safe, responsible manner), and save taxpayer dollars.

The SCF Program is part of BJA’s Innovations in Public Safety portfolio, also known as the “Innovations Suite.” BJA’s Innovations Suite of programs invests in the development of practitioner-researcher partnerships that use data, evidence, and innovation to create strategies that are effective and economical. This data-driven approach enables jurisdictions to understand the full nature and extent of the crime challenges they are facing and to direct resources to the highest priorities. The Innovations Suite of programs represents a strategic approach that leverages innovative applications of analysis, technology, and evidence-based practices with the goal of improving performance and making America safer.

The cooperative agreement funded under Category 2, Swift, Certain, and Fair Resource Center, will provide training, technical assistance (TTA), coaching, and SCF-fidelity oversight to new and previously funded SCF grantees so they can appropriately assess their needs, develop focused strategies, understand the importance of each component of an SCF model, encourage collaboration, and implement their strategies with fidelity. The TTA provider will work closely with the grantees funded by BJA in Category 1, Implementing and Testing the SCF Principles, as well as up to 13 grantees previously funded, and to also work closely with three to four nongrantee jurisdictions to help them establish and implement SCF initiatives with fidelity.


Date Created: August 31, 2018