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Justice Reinvestment Initiative: Reducing Crime by Improving Justice System Performance

Grants to USA State Agencies, IHEs, and Nonprofits
for Improvements to the Justice System

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U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

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06/28/21 11:59 PM ET - deadline; JustGrants deadline is 7/12/21 11:59 PM ET.


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Grants to USA and territories state governments, IHEs, and nonprofit organizations for the development and implementation of programs to improve the justice system. Applicants are advised to complete required registrations well in advance of the deadline. Five broad categories of improvements will be funded.

BJA’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative: Improving Justice System Performance provides funding to develop and implement innovative and research-based responses that address a range of criminal justice system problems. It employs the Justice Reinvestment approach to criminal justice, which recognizes that every justice agency has a role to play in preventing crime, ensuring a fair and efficient justice system, facilitating appropriate sentencing and treatment, and protecting community security.

The goal of the site-based awards in Categories 1-4 is for jurisdictions to use the five-step Justice Reinvestment Initiative process to address persistent or emerging crime and public safety problems, or to remove impediments to directly addressing them. The goal of Category 5’s training and technical assistance (TTA) is to work directly with current and future sites in accomplishing their project goals through ongoing support.

Award recipients will receive technical assistance from subject matter experts (solicited in Category 5) and are expected to follow the five-step Justice Reinvestment approach, as follows:

  1. Engage stakeholders. The project team includes all agencies and individuals necessary to understand and address the problem.
  2. Analyze data and identify drivers. The project team uses data to determine the causes, symptoms, scope of the problem, and impediments to addressing the problem. The lead and other stakeholder agencies provide relevant data.
  3. Develop innovative or research-based responses. The project team devises strategies and activities to specifically address the root causes of the problem and/or impediment to addressing the root causes. The team documents planned activities, including the parties responsible and timelines, and secures buy-in from stakeholders.
  4. Implement innovative responses. The project team enacts strategies and activities according to the plan and makes course corrections as needed to increase the likelihood of achieving the desired outcomes.
  5. Measure outcomes. The project team assesses the effectiveness of the implemented innovative strategies and activities to address the crime problem. The team documents what works and how it will work to support sustainability, future funding requests, and to inform replication.


  • Category 1: Improving Court Processing and Efficient Docket Management
  • Category 2: Improving and Implementing Pretrial Systems
  • Category 3: Innovations in Information Sharing to Coordinate Crime Reduction
  • Category 4: Innovative Approaches to Improve the Efficacy of State Justice Systems
  • Category 5: Training and Technical Assistance for Site-based JRI Projects

The Department of Justice is committed to advancing work that promotes civil rights, increases access to justice, supports crime victims, protects the public from crime and evolving threats, and builds trust between law enforcement and the community.  In FY 2021, OJP will give priority consideration in award decisions to applications in Categories 1-4 that demonstrate ways in which their projects will advance one or more of these areas.

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GrantWatch ID#: 196237

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Number of Grants:

One award each in Categories 1, 2, 3, and 5; two awards in Category 4.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $1,000,000

Term of Contract:

Period of Performance Start Date: 10/1/21 12:00 AM
Period of Performance Duration (Months): 36

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility for Categories 1-4: State governments

For purposes of this solicitation, “state” means any state of the United States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

Eligibility for Category 5:
- Public and state controlled institutions of higher education
- Nonprofits, other than institutions of higher education
- Private institutions of higher education

All recipients and subrecipients (including any for-profit organization) must forgo any profit or management fee.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An optional webinar will be held to provide guidance to potential applicants to the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s FY 2021 Justice Reinvestment Initiative solicitations.

Date and time: Thursday, June 3, 2021 1:00 pm
Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)

The presenters will discuss the purpose and goals of these funding opportunities; review eligibility requirements, and deliverables; and address frequently asked questions. A Q&A session will conclude this webinar.

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Pre-Application Information:

The SF-424 and the SF-LLL will be submitted in by 11:59 pm EST on June 28, 2021. OJP urges applicants to submit applications at least 72 hours prior to the application due date to allow time for the applicant to receive validation messages or rejection notifications from and to correct in a timely fashion any problems that may have caused a rejection notification.

The full application will be submitted in JustGrants by 11:59 pm EST on July 12, 2021.

In FY 2021, applications will be submitted to DOJ in a new two-step process:
- Step 1: Applicants will submit an SF-424 and an SF-LLL in To register in, applicants will need to obtain a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) and System for Award Management (SAM) registration or renewal.
- Step 2: Applicants will submit the full application including attachments in JustGrants.

To be considered timely, the full application must be submitted in JustGrants by the JustGrants application deadline.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For technical assistance with submitting the SF-424 and SF- LLL in, contact the Customer Support Hotline at 800–518–4726, 606–545–5035, at customer support, or email at

For technical assistance with submitting the full application in DOJ’s Justice Grants System (JustGrants), contact the JustGrants Service Desk at 833–872–5175 or

For assistance with any other requirements of this solicitation, contact the Response Center by telephone at 800–851–3420 or TTY: 301–240–6310 (hearing impaired only) or by email at

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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