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Cooperative Agreement - Objective Jail Classification Project

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21 Apr 2021

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under Fiscal Year 2021. The Point Additive method of classifying justice-involved individuals was developed by NIC 30 years ago. The fabric of corrections has undergone a few changes since then as have the types of people who become incarcerated. NIC wants to explore the possible need to update the process and revise the literature that accompanies it.

1. Ensure that the jails in the country have access to an updated and accurate classification process.
2. Based on the outcomes of the meeting, if no significant process changes are identified, edit and update the NIC publication “Objective Jail Classification Systems: A Guide for Jail Administrators.
3. Examine the findings of the report on the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office’s (SBCSD)classification process and develop a plan of action to assist the SBCSD in implementing the changes and prepare for process validation.

Through a meeting of subject matter experts determine what, if any, changes are necessary to the Point Additive Classification process to ensure its continued validity in the field.
a. If significant process changes are identified, a plan of action will be developed to address the changes and revalidate the process.
b. If no significant process changes are identified, the application instructions will be updated to address the current challenges the field is experiencing.

1. A written report of the proceedings to include:
• If major process changes are recommended, a plan of action to address them and revalidate the process.
• Update the “Objective Jail Classification Systems: A Guide for Jail Administrators” publication.
2. A written plan of action for assistance to the SBCSD with the necessary changes to prepare their system for validation.


Applicants must register with prior to submitting an application. NIC encourages applicants to register several weeks before the application submission deadline. In addition, NIC urges applicants to submit applications 72 hours prior to the application due date. All applications are due to be submitted and in receipt of a successful validation message in by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on June 22, 2021


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