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Cooperative Agreement - Objective Jail Classification Project

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4 May 2022

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022. The Point Additive method of classifying justice-involved individuals was developed by NIC 30 years ago. However, the fabric of corrections has undergone significant changes since then, as have the types of individuals who become incarcerated. Therefore, 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 classification process and develop a plan of action to assist the SBCSD in implementing the changes and preparing for process 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 July 5, 2022


Through a meeting of SMEs, determine what, if any, changes are necessary to the Point Additive Classification process to ensure its continued validity in the field.

  • If significant process changes are identified, then a plan of action will be developed to address the changes and revalidate the process.
  • If no significant process changes are identified, the application instructions will be updated to address the current challenges the field is experiencing.


  1. A second edition of the “Objective Jail Classification Systems: A Guide for Jail Administrators” publication to reflect new concerns such as the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Prison Rape Elimination Act, and other correctional concerns that the field is now facing that were not present at the time of the first edition.
  2. A written plan of action for assistance to the SBCSD with the necessary changes to prepare their system for validation. Applications must include in Program Narrative and Budget Narrative the incorporation of products delivered meet Plain Language and 508 Standards.
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