John R. Justice Prosecutors and Defenders Incentive Act

To encourage and retain qualified attorneys to choose careers as local and state prosecutors and local, state, and federal public defenders, and to continue in that capacity for a minimum of thirty-six (36) months.



Agency - Department of Justice

The Department of Justice enforces the law and defends the interest of the United States, ensuring public safety against threats foreign and domestic; providing Federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; seeking just punishment for those guilty of unlawful pursuits; and ensuring fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans.

Website Address

http://www.bja.gov/




Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Commission On Prosecution Coordination $ 40,762   2018-10-012020-09-30
Attorney General, Oklahoma $ 38,420   2018-10-012020-09-30
State Of Alabama Office Of Prosecution Services $ 40,442   2018-10-012020-09-30
Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority $ 39,541   2018-10-012020-09-30
Public Safety, Colorado Department Of $ 42,010   2018-10-012020-09-30
Higher Education Aids Board, Wisconsin $ 42,414   2018-10-012020-09-30
Louisiana Office Of Student Financial Assistance $ 40,034   2018-10-012020-09-30
Attorney General, Missouri Office Of The $ 43,095   2018-10-012020-09-30
Public Safety, Massachusetts Executive Office Of $ 44,694   2018-10-012020-09-30
Higher Education, Minnesota Office Of $ 41,945   2018-10-012020-09-30



Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Grants are made directly by the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) to the designated applicant State Administering Agency, based on results of a competitive review process conducted by the States.

Grant funds will be used by States to make repayments, on behalf of eligible beneficiaries, of loan obligations to institutions holding eligible beneficiary loans.

Direct payment of grant funds to beneficiaries is strictly prohibited.

Loan payments made are a supplement to, not a substitute for, the eligible beneficiary?s loan obligations.

Grant funds may be applied as repayments of eligible loans only.

See program solicitation for additional information regarding eligible beneficiaries, eligible loans, and contingent obligations of eligible beneficiaries.

Priority consideration will be given to those eligible beneficiaries who have the least ability to repay their student loans, except that a fair allocation of repayment benefits among prosecutors and public defenders, and among employing entities nationwide, will be determined.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants are limited to state and U.S.

territory government agencies, designated by their Governor, and the District of Columbia, designated by the Mayor, to manage this program.

The States, Territories, and the District of Columbia will make loan payments directly to the institutions holding eligible beneficiary loans on behalf of eligible beneficiaries.

See below for eligibility information.

Beneficiary Eligibility

For purposes of this program the following persons shall be considered eligible: Prosecutor - full-time employee of a State or unit of local government (including tribal government) who is continually licensed to practice law and prosecutes criminal or juvenile delinquency cases at the state or unit of local government level (including supervision, education, or training of other persons prosecuting such cases). 42 U.S.C.3797cc-21(b)(1). Prosecutors who are employees of the federal government are not eligible. Public Defender ? an attorney who is continually licensed to practice law and is a full time employee of a State or unit of local government (including tribal government) who provides legal representation to indigent persons in criminal or juvenile delinquency cases including supervision, education, or training of other persons providing such representation; is a full time employee of a nonprofit organization operating under a contract with a State or unit of local government who devotes substantially all of the employee?s full-time employment to providing legal representation to indigent persons in criminal or juvenile delinquency cases including supervision, education, or training of other persons providing such representation; or employed as a full-time Federal defender attorney in a defender organization pursuant to subsection (g) of section 3006A of Title 18, United States Code, that provides legal representation to indigent persons in criminal or juvenile delinquency cases.

Credentials/Documentation

The designated agency must submit a completed Application for Federal Assistance (Standard Form 424), including a signed certification form stating that they will comply with statutory and administrative requirements. The applicant is also required to submit a description that includes the goals of their program, the implementation process, and a timetable for implementation. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Contingent upon whether the state has designated an entity to coordinate and review proposed federal financial assistance.

See list of states that require this at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/grants_spoc.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.

12372.

Application Procedures

This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards. BJA will post the allocation tables and a copy of the Solicitation and notify the designated State agencies that they are posted online. The State agencies will then generally have 45 - 60 days in which to submit an application through the online, Internet-based Grants Management System (GMS) at https://grants.ojp.usdoj.gov/.

Award Procedures

A letter with copies of the grant award are sent to the designated agency upon approval by the Office of Justice Programs. A copy of the grant award must be signed by the authorizing official and returned to the Office of Justice Programs.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

42 U.S.C. 3797cc-21. An act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice in the current fiscal year.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 30 to 60 days. Applications will generally be approved or denied within 60 days of receipt of a complete application.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Contingent upon Congressional appropriations.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Generally awards will be for a one-year project and budget period. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: See the Department of Justice Grants Financial Guide section on ?Period of Availability of Funds' at https://ojp.gov/financialguide/DOJ/PostawardRequirements/chapter3.2a.htm.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Program reports are not applicable.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Recipients are required to submit individual progress reports and verification forms.

Recipients are required to submit quarterly financial reports and 'Exited/Repayment' verification forms.

To assist in fulfilling the Departments responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 (GPRA), Public Law 103-62, and the GPRA Modernization Act of 2010, Public Law 111?352, recipients must provide data that measures the results of their work.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.

Records

In accordance with the requirement set forth in 2 CFR 200, Subpart F, 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.

Financial Information

Account Identification

15-0404-0-1-754.

Obigations

(Project Grants (Discretionary)) FY 16 $1,773,891; FY 17 Not Separately Identifiable; and FY 18 est $0

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

As of FY 2017 the John R. Justice program is now competitive for states to apply for. BJA will solicit state applications in 3 categories: 1) Large Population - jurisdictions with populations greater than 5 million; 2) Medium Population ? jurisdictions with populations less than 5 million but greater than 1 million, and 3) Small Population ? jurisdictions with populations less than 1 million. ? Please reference the JRJ 2017 Category Eligibility Table. BJA expects to make awards of up to $200,000 for Category 1, $100,000 for Category 2, and $30,000 for Category 3.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Solicitation guidelines are posted on the Office of Justice Programs web site at https://ojp.gov/funding/Explore/CurrentFundingOpportunities.htm . For additional guidance reference the Department of Justice Grants Financial Guide (https://ojp.gov/financialguide/DOJ/index.htm) and Post award Instructions (https://ojp.gov/financialguide/DOJ/PostawardRequirements/index.htm). Applicable administrative requirements and Department of Justice regulations applicable to specific types of grantees can be found in title 2 of the Code of Federal Regulations (2 C.F.R.).

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

JRJ Program Manager U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs Bureau of Justice Assistance 810 7th Street, NW , Washington, District of Columbia 20531 Email: AskBJA@usdoj.gov Phone: (202) 616-6500

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria are described in the OJP Program Announcement available at https://ojp.gov/funding/Explore/CurrentFundingOpportunities.htm.



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