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Previous Solicitations and Announcements: 2008

State Justice Statistics Program for Statistical Analysis Centers, 2008 Solicitation

  • 2008-BJS-1747
    The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is pleased to announce that it is seeking applications from State and territorial Statistical Analysis Centers to receive funding under the 2007 State Justice Statistics (SJS) Program. BJS is specifically authorized by statute (42 U.S.C. 3732) to provide assistance in the development of State and local government justice information systems, and directed to give primary emphasis to the problems of State and local justice systems (42 U.S.C. 3731). The State Statistical Analysis Centers (SACs), each established by State legislation or executive order, are one important mechanism by which BJS fulfills its mandate under this statute.

    Deadline: All applications are due by 5:00 p.m. eastern time on Monday, March 31, 2008.

    Eligibility: Applicants are limited to Statistical Analysis Centers (SACs) established by State legislation or executive order.

    Contact Information: For assistance with the requirements of this program announcement, contact Gerard Ramker, Chief, Criminal Justice Data Improvement Programs, at 202-307-0765.

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FY 2008 National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP) Solicitation

  • 2008-BJS-1748
    The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is pleased to announce that it is seeking applications for funding to administer the 2008 National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP). This program furthers the Department¿s mission to enhance the crime fighting and criminal justice capabilities of State governments by improving the accuracy, utility, and interstate accessibility of criminal history records and enhancing records of protective orders involving domestic violence and stalking, sex offender records, automated identification systems and other State systems supporting national records systems and their use for criminal history background checks.

    Deadline: All NCHIP applications are due by 5:00 p.m. eastern time on Friday, February 15, 2008.

    Eligibility: The NCHIP application must be submitted by the agency designated by the Governor to administer the NCHIP program. States may choose to submit applications as part of a multi-state consortium or other entity. In such cases, please contact your BJS program manager for further information.

    Contact Information: For assistance with the requirements of this program announcement, contact Gerard Ramker at 202-307-0765.

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Methodological Research to Support the Redesign of the National Crime Victimization Survey Solicitation

  • 2008-BJS-1834
    To develop an agenda for reconfiguring the survey to enable it to continue to be a viable forum for assessing the impact of crime on its victims, BJS sponsored an expert panel study carried out by The National Research Council of the National Academies to review of the surveys methodology and provide guidelines for options for redesigning the NCVS. The panels initial recommendations are contained in: Studying Victims: Options for Conducting the National Crime Victimization Survey (National Research Council 2008), which can be downloaded online at: http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12090.

    The research proposed in this solicitation responds to one or more of the panels recommendations. Ultimately it is the goal of BJS to redesign the NCVS to improve its methodology, introduce economies towards assuring its sustainability, and better meet the challenges of measuring the extent, characteristics and consequences of criminal victimization as it exists today or may evolve in the future.

    Applicants applying for funds under this announcement may choose from among the four methodological research topics listed below. Applicants may choose one or more research topics by submitting a separate proposal for each topic. With relation to the chosen research topic proposed for funding, the application should provide a synopsis of the applicants background in this field which supports their expertise with the issue, a complete explanation of the methodology to be employed, and how conclusions and recommendations will be framed.

    Deadline: All applications are due by 5:00 p.m. Eastern time, on May 29, 2008.

    Eligibility: Applications for funds may be submitted by both for-profit (commercial) and non-profit organizations.

    Contact Information: For assistance with the requirements of this solicitation, contact Michael Rand, Chief Victimization Statistics, at (202) 307-0765 or via e-mail at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "ncvs08" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF)

FY 2008 NCHIP Stalking and Domestic Violence Records Improvement Program (SDVRIP) Solicitation

  • 2008-BJS-1721
    BJS is publishing this notice to announce the FY 2008 Stalking and Domestic Violence Records Improvement Program (SDVRIP), identify the program priorities, and provide information on application requirements. Beginning this year, such grants will be awarded pursuant to a separate program announcement, rather than being included as part of the National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP) program announcement.

    Deadline: All SDVRIP applications are due by 5:00 p.m. eastern time on December 14, 2007.

    Eligibility: The SDVRIP application must be submitted by the agency designated by the Governor to administer the States National Criminal History Improvement Program (NCHIP program). States may choose to submit applications as part of a multi-state consortium or other entity. In such cases, please contact your BJS program manager for further information.

    Contact Information: For assistance with the requirements of this program announcement, contact Gerard Ramker, NCHIP, Branch Chief, at 202-307-0765 or email askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include SDVRIP08 in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF)

State Courthouse Operations and Security Statistics Survey: Development and Design Phase Solicitation

  • 2008-BJS-1855
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is seeking proposals to develop, design, and field test the Survey of State Court Criminal Appeals and to prepare an implementation plan for fielding the survey in 2009. The goal of the survey is to obtain information about the types of criminal cases appealed from state trial courts to state intermediate appellate courts and/or courts of last resort, the disposition of criminal appeals, appellate case processing time, and the impact of appellate litigation on trial court outcomes for criminal cases. In addition, this survey will examine the factors associated with litigating criminal appeals, the decision to continue or abandon criminal appeals, and the flow of criminal cases from the trial court to intermediate appellate courts and courts of last resort. Applicants are encouraged to review previous BJS reports focusing on state court criminal case processing, sentencing, and appellate litigation available on the BJS website at . BJS anticipates making one award for a ten month period under this solicitation, with an award date on or after August 1, 2008. BJS is authorized to issue this solicitation under the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, Section 302, as amended.

    Deadline: All applications are due by 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on May 15, 2008.

    Eligibility: Applications for funds may be submitted by both for-profit (commercial) and non-profit organizations.

    Contact Information: For assistance with the programmatic requirements of this solicitation, contact Thomas H. Cohen, Statistician, at 202-307-0765 or via e-mail at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "scosss08" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF)

Survey of State Court Criminal Appeals: Development and Design Phase Solicitation

  • The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is seeking proposals to develop, design, and field test the Survey of State Court Criminal Appeals and to prepare an implementation plan for fielding the survey in 2009. The goal of the survey is to obtain information about the types of criminal cases appealed from state trial courts to state intermediate appellate courts and/or courts of last resort, the disposition of criminal appeals, appellate case processing time, and the impact of appellate litigation on trial court outcomes for criminal cases. In addition, this survey will examine the factors associated with litigating criminal appeals, the decision to continue or abandon criminal appeals, and the flow of criminal cases from the trial court to intermediate appellate courts and courts of last resort. Applicants are encouraged to review previous BJS reports focusing on state court criminal case processing, sentencing, and appellate litigation available on the BJS website at . BJS anticipates making one award for a ten month period under this solicitation, with an award date on or after August 1, 2008. BJS is authorized to issue this solicitation under the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, Section 302, as amended.

    Deadline: All applications are due by 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on May 15, 2008.

    Eligibility: Applications for funds may be submitted by both for-profit (commercial) and non-profit organizations.

    Contact Information: For assistance with the programmatic requirements of this solicitation, contact Thomas H. Cohen, Statistician, at 202-307-0765 or via e-mail at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "sscca08" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF)

2008 Census of State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies

  • 2008-BJS-1798
    The purpose of this award is to provide funding to administer the 2008 Census of State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies (CSLLEA). This census will obtain information about the personnel and functions of State and local law enforcement agencies in the United States with a 2-page data collection form. A sample of agencies will receive a 4- page form, instead of the 2-page form, that will collect information related to recruitment, selection, hiring, and retention of sworn personnel. Applicants are encouraged to review the 2004 CSLLEA 2-page instrument and related statistical report available on the BJS website at . A draft data collection instrument and respondent list will be provided by BJS. BJS anticipates making one award for a 12- month period under this solicitation, with an award date on or after June 1, 2008. BJS is authorized to issue this solicitation under the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, Section 302, as amended.

    Deadline: All applications are due by 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on March 14, 2008.

    Eligibility: Applications for funds may be submitted by both for-profit (commercial) and non-profit organizations.

    Contact Information: For assistance with the programmatic requirements of this solicitation, contact Brian A. Reaves, Statistician, at 202-616-3287 or askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "csllea08" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF)

2008 Tribal Criminal History Record Improvement Program (T-CHRIP)

  • 2008-BJS-1769
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is providing this notice to announce the continuation of the criminal history record improvement program in Indian Country. The Tribal Criminal History Record Improvement Program (T-CHRIP) will provide support to Federally-recognized tribes and State criminal records repositories to promote participation in and improve data sharing between tribal, State, and national criminal records systems.

    Deadline: All applications are due by 8:00 p.m. eastern time on February 28, 2008.

    Eligibility: Applicants are limited to federally recognized tribal governments, including eligible Alaska Native villages and corporations, and authorized intertribal consortia (see 25 U.S.C. § 450b[e]), for-profit (commercial) organizations, non-profit organizations, faithbased and community organization.

    Contact Information: For assistance with the requirements of this solicitation, contact Steven W. Perry, Statistician, at 202-307-0777 or Steven.W.Perry@usdoj.gov, include TCHRIP08 in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF)

2009 National Inmate Survey Solicitation

  • 2008-BJS-1890
    The purpose of this award is to provide funding to administer the 2009 National Inmate Survey (NIS). The NIS is an Audio Computer-Assisted Self-Interview (ACASI) instrument administered to inmates in correctional facilities to measure the prevalence of sexual assault at the facility level. BJS anticipates making one award for a 24-month period under this solicitation.

    This survey is part of the National Prison Rape Statistics program (NPRS), a recurring survey series which will collect and analyze data on the prevalence of sexual assault among individuals held in federal and state prisons, local jails, and juvenile facilities as well as former inmates. The data collections under NPRS are in response to the mandate to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) under The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA). BJS, the statistical agency of the U.S. Department of Justice, is statutorily authorized to collect, compile, analyze, publish, and disseminate uniform national statistics concerning all aspects of criminal justice and related components of the justice system. BJS is responsible for collecting data for the NPRS. Findings from the NPRS will be used to develop and implement national standards for the detection, prevention, and reduction of sexual assault within correctional facilities.

    BJS is authorized to issue this solicitation under 42 U.S.C. §§ 3732(c) and 15603(a).

    Deadline: All applications are due by 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on May 29, 2008.

    Eligibility: Applications for funds may be submitted by both for-profit (commercial) and non-profit organizations.

    Contact Information: For assistance with the programmatic requirements of this solicitation, contact Paige Harrison, Statistician, Bureau of Justice Statistics, at 202-307-0765 or via e-mail at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "nis08" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF)

State Court Processing Statistics (SCPS)

  • 2008-BJS-1833
    The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is seeking proposals to redesign the State Court Processing Statistics Project (SCPS) project. The purpose of this award is to provide funding to redesign SCPS and enhance the projects data collection capabilities. SCPS is a recurring data collection project involving the compilation of felony cases processed in 40 large urban counties chosen to be representative of the 75 most populous counties in the U.S. Approximately 15,000 felony cases filed on certain days in May of every even numbered year are tracked for up to 1 year in these 40 sampled counties. The data collected includes current arrest charges, demographic characteristics, prior arrests and convictions, criminal justice status at arrest, type of pretrial release or detention, bail amount, court appearance record, adjudication outcome, and sentence received if convicted. The SCPS data collection platform has remained essentially unchanged since it inception in 1988. This solicitation will provide an opportunity to re-conceptualize SCPS to take into account the increasing levels of automation in state courts and other enhanced collection mechanisms that have occurred since the late 1980s. BJS is authorized to issue this solicitation under the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Street Act of 1968, Section 302, as amended.

    Deadline: All applications are due by 5.00 p.m. Eastern time on May 15, 2008.

    Eligibility: Applications for funds may be submitted by both for-profit (commercial) and nonprofit organizations.

    Contact Information: For assistance with the programmatic requirements of this solicitation, contact Thomas H. Cohen, Statistician, Bureau of Justice Statistics, at 202-307-0765 or via e-mail at askbjs@usdoj.gov. Include "scps08" in the subject line.

    Full solicitation in PDF format (PDF)

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