The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) developed and currently administers Innovative Prosecution Strategies (IPS) as part of BJA’s “Innovations Suite” of crime fighting programs which include Police Innovations and Innovative Supervision. The IPS model builds off lessons learned from BJA’s former crime-fighting programs and is intended to assist prosecutors develop effective strategies and programs to address violent crime. IPS pairs an operational, results-focused researcher with a prosecutor’s office for the development of data-driven solutions to create effective, efficient, and fair prosecution strategies to improve public safety.
One of the intended outcomes for IPS is the development of a rich body of knowledge for use by prosecutors nationally as they seek to work with communities to solve chronic problems and fight violent crime. IPS also encourages the exploration of new solutions to public safety concerns, as well as address internal operations and organizational structure, while employing research partners at the problem definition stage through assessment of strategies and solutions.
Through previous BJA funding, some creative solutions developed by prosecutors around the country centered on:
Eligible applicants are limited to state, local, and tribal prosecutor agencies or a government agency or nonprofit organization as fiscal agent for the applicant.
BJA welcomes applications that involve two or more entities that will carry out the funded federal award activities; however, one eligible entity must be the applicant and the others must be proposed as subrecipients. The applicant must be the entity with primary responsibility for administering the funding and managing the entire project. Only one application per lead applicant will be considered; however, a subrecipient may be part of multiple proposals.
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Innovative Prosecution Strategies sites work closely with BJA, as well as the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA), and Aequitas, the two training and technical assistance partners, to support prosecutor’s offices. APA and AEquitas, working directly with BJA, provide services to each site which include the following: host meetings; facilitate peer-to-peer exchanges of information; provide relevant subject matter expertise; deliver training programs and produce reports. These efforts guide agencies and strengthen their IPS program as they implement innovative, evidence-based prosecution strategies to ensure public safety.
Visit the BJA National Training and Technical Assistance Center website for additional information about BJA training and technical assistance services.
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See the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys site for news related to the Innovative Prosecution Strategies program.
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