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Cooperative Agreement - Building Capacity to Support Legal and Evidence Based Pretrial Decisions at the State and Local Level

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Jan 2019
The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year 2019 to provide training for pretrial decision-makers throughout the United States that is aligned with NIC’s publication’s A Framework for Pretrial Justice, Fundamentals of Bail, Money as a Criminal Justice Stakeholder, and Measuring What Matters.

1. Provide training to a wide range of criminal justice stakeholders by content experts that have extensive experience working and/or training in the legal and evidence based practices that are specific to building and managing a high functioning pretrial justice system and agency. Identified content experts must be able to provide coaching and training in various situations including but not limited to instructor led-curriculum based training and peer coaching.

2. Identify and recommend trainers whose content expertise will meet the goals of the scope of work. Recommend trainers to the NIC project manager who will have final approval.

3. After the recommended trainer(s) have been approved by the NIC project manager, the vendor will be responsible for all costs associated with fulfilling their scope of work, including fees, travel, and per diem.

4. All training will be grounded in the principles and elements outlined in NIC’s publication: “A Framework for Pretrial Justice: Elements of a High Functioning Pretrial Justice System and Agency”, as described under Program-Specific Information.

In addition to the strategy and content of the program design, the successful applicant must complete the following deliverables during the project period. The program narrative should reflect how the applicant will accomplish these activities.

1. The awardee will provide and coordinate, at minimum three trainers to deliver one NIC training “Orientation for New Pretrial Executives.” This is an instructor led training that is scheduled for May 20-23, 2019 to be held at the National Corrections Academy in Aurora, CO.

2. The awardee will provide and coordinate, at minimum three, trainers to deliver two NIC trainings, “Pretrial Justice Stakeholder Training.” This is an instructor led training; dates have not been selected but to be completed within 12 months of awarded cooperative agreement.

3. The awardee will provide and coordinate trainer(s) to deliver a minimum of four State and/or regional trainings: “A Framework for Pretrial Justice: Essential Elements of an Effective Pretrial Justice System.” This is an instructor led training, for which the dates and locations have not been determined.

More details on the deliverables and other requirements can be found in the full solicitation. 

Deadline. Do to the lapse in Federal Government funding, NIC is extending the deadline for Cooperative Agreement submissions.  All applications are due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on March 1, 2019. Late applications will not be considered.

Learn more  about NIC's Cooperative Agreements

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