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NEW SOLICITATION ANNOUNCEMENT: National Institute of Justice

W.E.B. Du Bois Program of Research on Race and Crime FY2017           Application Deadline:  March 31, 2017

Funding:  Up to $3 million for multiple grant awards under two categories

Solicitation:  https://www.nij.gov/funding/Documents/solicitations/NIJ-2017-12000.pdf

The W.E.B. Du Bois Program supports quantitative and qualitative research on the intersections of race, offending, victimization, and the fair administration of justice for both juveniles and adults. It furthers the Department’s mission by advancing knowledge regarding the confluence of crime, justice, and culture in various societal contexts. This funding opportunity seeks investigator-initiated proposals to conduct research on topics linked to race and crime in the context of violence and victimization, crime and crime prevention, and justice systems.

In FY2017, NIJ will give priority consideration to proposals for research on:

  • Homicide and other violence in minority communities
  • Criminal courts (including but not limited to screening and assessment, legal defense systems, and sentencing reform

Funding will be available for two categories:

  1. Scholars who are advanced in their careers may apply for up to $500,000 for research (excluding projects that only analyze secondary data) with a plan to mentor less experienced researchers
  2. Fellows who are early in their careers may apply for up to $100,000 for secondary data analysis projects, or up to $150,000 for research projects involving primary data collection (a short-term residency at NIJ is optional)

General information on applying for NIJ awards can be found at www.nij.gov/funding/Pages/welcome.aspx. Answers to frequently asked questions that may assist applicants are posted at www.nij.gov/funding/Pages/faqs.aspx. For assistance with this solicitation, contact the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Response Center: toll-free at 1-800-851-3420; via TTY at 301-240-6310 (hearing impaired only); email grants@ncjrs.gov; fax to 301-240-5830; or web chat at https://webcontact.ncjrs.gov/ncjchat/chat.jsp.

 

 

CALIFORNIA JAIL PROGRAM ASSOCIATION

The California Jail Programs Association (CJPA) is the only organization that addresses the multiple challenges of inmate programming and custodial services in California. The membership is made up of both sworn and non-sworn professionals in corrections, program management, educational, vocational, psych-social services, recreation, pastoral care and behavioral health, from both large and small county jails. CJPA members understand the unique aspects of jail programming and services. The goal of CJPA is to rapidly share information, review best practices and evidence based modalities in program delivery.

The CJPA puts on quarterly conferences. For more information go to their website: http://www.cjpa.org/

 

NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR JUSTICE FUNDING FOR 2017

Read a new Director’s Corner message for updates on NIJ’s upcoming funding opportunities, which will be released over the next several months. A selection of FY ‘17 solicitations include:

  • Research & Eval in Safety, Health, & Wellness in the Criminal Justice System
  • Research to Improve Officer Decision-Making
  • Understanding the Impacts of Policing Strategies and Practices
  • Research on Reducing Violence in Communities
  • Investigator-Initiated Research and Evaluation on Firearms Violence
  • New Investigator/Early Career Program
  • W.E.B. Du Bois Program of Research on Race and Crime

Read the full message for details on these upcoming funding topics.

Stay tuned for registration info for several webinars to be held.

Ensure your future proposal is competitive, read “Tips for Making Your Proposal Competitive.”

 

ALTERNATIVES TO VIOLENCE PROJECT (AVP)

AVP CA is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit registered organization. It is funded by donations as well as sliding-scale contributions from participants in community workshops. Prisoners with AVP experience also contribute a significant amount. There are AVP councils around the state, which you can find listed here.  The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) facilitates participants’ capacity to positively transform relationships by practicing affirmation, communication, conflict resolution and community building.  All AVP facilitators and participants volunteer their time.

History

AVP was founded in 1975 at Greenhaven Prison in New York State after the Attica prison riots when inmates, local Quakers and other community members collaborated on a curriculum to teach non-violence that was influenced by the Civil Rights movement’s goal to build Beloved Community. From that origin AVP has now spread to 33 states and 45 countries.

Although workshops had been taking place in California since the mid-1980’s, AVP California was formed in 2004 to respond to the call by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to significantly increase the number of workshops in California prisons.  That required increased coordination, outreach, and recruitment of new facilitators across the state. AVP is currently in 22 of the 36 prisons throughout the state of California.  In 2015, AVP California facilitated 393 workshops in 20 state prisons, 3 jails, 2 probation facilities, and 58 community settings. The number of facilitators inside prison increased by 18 percent, from 543 to 636, while the number of community facilitators increased by just over 23 percent, from 163 to 198.     avpcalifornia.org