To provide funds to
individual States and States organized as regional compacts to build or expand
1) correctional facilities to increase the bed capacity for the confinement of
Part 1 violent offenders; 2) temporary or permanent correctional facilities
including facilities on military bases, prison barges and boot camps for the
confinement of nonviolent offenders for the purpose of freeing prison space
for violent offenders; 3) jails.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
Formula Grants. Place Cursor Here for Definition
USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Grant funds may be used to build or expand permanent or temporary correctional
facilities to increase bed space for the confinement of adult and juvenile
violent offenders. Up to 15% of a State's formula grant may be awarded to
counties and other units of local government to construct, develop, expand,
modify or improve jails and other correctional facilities. Under exigent
circumstances, funds may be used to increase capacity for the confinement of
nonviolent juvenile offenders. Beginning with fiscal year 1999 grant funds,
ten percent of the award may be used to implement drug testing policies that
meet the Attorney General's Guidelines.
States and States organized in multi-State
compacts are eligible to apply. State means a State of the United States, the
District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin
Islands, American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana
Islands. Local units of government must apply directly to the States for grant
State and local correctional agencies.
The applicant must submit a completed
Application for Federal Assistance (standard form 424), including signed
assurances that it will comply with statutory and administrative requirements.
Applicants must also demonstrate compliance with statutory requirements for the
three Tiers of the Violent Offender Incarceration Program and those for Truth In
Sentencing to qualify for funding from each allocation. States must also
demonstrate an ability to operate facilities built with these funds, recognize
the rights of crime victims, and have implemented a program of drug testing and
intervention for offenders under corrections supervision.
This program is eligible for coverage
under Executive Order 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal
Programs." Applicants should consult the office or official designated as
the single point of contact in their State to find out if the State has selected
this program for review and for information on the process the State requires
when applying for Federal assistance.
Applicants must submit a completed Standard
Form 424 and other information outlined in the Application Kit to the Office of
Justice Program, Corrections Program Office. The receipt, review, and analysis
of applications will follow Office of Justice Programs policies and procedures
for the administration of grant applications.
A letter with copies of the grant award are sent to
the applicant agency upon approval by the Office of Justice Programs. One copy
of the grant award must be signed by the authorized official and returned to the
Office of Justice Programs.
Consult the Application Kit or contact the Corrections
Program Office in the Office of Justice Programs for application deadlines by
calling the Corrections Technical Assistance Line: (800) 848-6325. Copies of
current Application Kits can be found on the Internet at http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/cpo.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time:
Applications for Violent Offender
Incarceration Tier 1 funds will be approved or denied within 30 days of receipt
of a complete application. Applications for Violent Offender Incarceration Tiers
2 and 3 and Truth In Sentencing will generally be approved or denied within 90
days of receipt of a complete application.
Formula grant applicants will be notified in writing of
reasons for disapproval of their application and will be given an opportunity
Subject to appropriations.
Formula and Matching Requirements:
The Federal share of a grant-
funded project may not exceed 90 percent of the total costs of the project. The
10 percent matching funds must be in the form of a cash match.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:
Funds for each fiscal year will
be awarded for a period that includes the fiscal year of the appropriation plus
four additional years.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Recipients are required to submit Individual Project Reports
as sub-awards are made, quarterly Financial Reports, and a semiannual progress
All organizations that expend financial assistance of $300,000
or more in any fiscal year must have a single audit for that year in accordance
with OMB Circular No. A-133, as amended, unless the audit condition on the award
says otherwise. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency not later
than 9 months after the end of the grantee's fiscal year.
In accordance with the requirement set forth in 28 CFR, Parts
66 and 70, grantees must maintain all financial records, supporting documents,
statistical records, and all other records pertinent to the award for at least 3
years following the close of the most recent audit.
(Grants) FY 01 $435,517,674; FY 02 est $8,468,226; and FY
03 est $0.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance:
For FY 2000, each qualified
State received a base award of $1,532,819 ($102,188 for the Virgin Islands,
Guam, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands). The balance of the
funds is distributed to the States which meet the statutory requirements for
each of the Violent Offender Incarceration Tiers and for Truth in Sentencing
Program Guidance and Application Kit, Answers to Frequently Asked Questions,
and the OJP Financial Guide.
Regional or Local Office:
Corrections Program Office, Office of Justice
Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, 810 Seventh Street, NW., Washington, DC
20531. Contact: Jill Young, Chief, Grants Management. Telephone: (800) 848-6325.
Web Site Address:
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
Criteria for selecting proposals under the formula grant awards within the
authorized purpose areas will be defined by States.