Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $2,000,000)
The Innovations in Supervision Initiative seeks to provide training and technical assistance (TTA) to develop a model for probation agencies to partner with other justice agencies in order to further their mutual public safety goals
The goal of the FY 2018 Innovations in Supervision Initiative (ISI) is to improve the capacity and effectiveness of community supervision agencies to increase probation and parole success rates and reduce the number of crimes committed by those under probation and parole supervision. Such efforts would reduce crime, admissions to prisons and jails, and save taxpayer dollars. ISI is part of BJAs Innovations in Public Safety portfolio, also known as the Innovations Suite.
The 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. Successful partnerships between practitioners and researchers require investments of planning, time, communication, complementary skills, and adequate resources.
The recipient will utilize FY 2018 funds to administer TTA to develop a model and guide for probation/parole agencies to partner with law enforcement and prosecuting agencies The recipient and its partners will select three teamscomposed of a probation or parole office (lead), a law enforcement or prosecution office, and a research partnerto receive TTA and subawards of $500,000. TTA will comprise regular calls and two site visits with each grantee and bimonthly learning-community calls with all three sites. Through these activities, recipient will support the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the sites projects and document lessons learned.