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CATALOG OF FEDERAL DOMESTIC ASSISTANCE

16.586:  Violent Offender Incarceration and Truth in Sentencing Incentive Grants

Popular Name:  Prison Grants

Objectives:  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.

PROGRAM AND AWARD FINANCIAL AND INFORMATION CONTACTS
ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FINANCIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE INFO.
APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS INFORMATION CONTACTS
RELATED PROGRAMS ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS
PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS


16.586 ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Applicant Eligibility:  States and States organized in multi-State compacts are eligible to apply. State means a State of the United States, DC, 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 funds.

Beneficiary Eligibility:  State and local correctional agencies.

Credentials/Documentation:  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.

16.586 APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:

Preapplication Coordination:  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.

Application Procedure:  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.

Award Procedure:  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.

Deadlines:  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 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.

Appeals:  Formula grant applicants will be notified in writing of reasons for disapproval of their application and will be given an opportunity for reconsideration.

Renewals:  Subject to appropriations.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals:  Criteria for selecting proposals under the formula grant awards within the authorized purpose areas will be defined by States.

Examples of Funded Projects:  Not applicable.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:  For FY 1999, 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 funds.

16.586 RELATED PROGRAMS:

None.

16.586 PROGRAM ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

Not available.

16.586 FINANCIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE INFO:

Federal Agency:  CORRECTIONS PROGRAM OFFICE, OFFICE OF JUSTICE PROGRAMS, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

Type of Assistance:  Formula Grants.

Obligations:  (Grants) FY 99 $509,149,430; FY 00 est $483,187,261; and FY 01 est $416,647,010.

Budget Account Number:  15-8586-0-1-754.

Authorization:  Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, Title II, Subtitle A, as amended, Public Law 103-322; 42 U.S.C. 13701 et seq.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature:  Program Guidance and Application Kit, Answers to Frequently Asked Questions, and the OJP Financial Guide.

16.586 INFO CONTACTS:

Regional or Local Office:  None.

Headquarters 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. Phone: (800) 848-6325.

(See Appendix IV for more contact info.)

16.586 ASSISTANCE CONSIDERATIONS:

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.

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.

16.586 POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:

Reports:  Recipients are required to submit Individual Project Reports as subawards are made, quarterly Financial Reports, and a semiannual progress report.

Audits:  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.

Records:  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.

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