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Funding
SCAAP payments will be calculated using a formula that provides a relative share of funding to jurisdictions that apply and is based on the number of eligible criminal aliens, as determined by DHS.

Payments
SCAAP payments are calculated simultaneously, with applicants receiving a prorated payment based on the appropriation; costs submitted, and inmates as determined by DHS. All SCAAP payments are made electronically to the applicant's bank account of record identified during the application process. All SCAAP payments must go to the jurisdiction's general fund. Please use the jurisdiction's EIN (tax identification) and vendor number when applying for SCAAP funds.

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SCAAP Helpdesk
202-353-4411
E-mail: scaap@usdoj.gov

Notice to SCAAP Applicants:
Applicants for SCAAP funds are required to certify compliance with all applicable Federal laws at the time of application. In that regard, Members of Congress have asked the Department of Justice to examine whether jurisdictions with "sanctuary policies" (i.e., policies that either prevent law enforcement from releasing persons without lawful immigration status into Federal custody for deportation, or that prevent state or local law enforcement from sharing certain information with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials) are in violation of 8 U.S.C section 1373. For that reason, all applicants should understand that if OJP receives information that indicates that an applicant may be in violation of 8 U.S.C. section 1373 (or any other applicable federal law) that applicant may be referred to the DOJ Office of Inspector General for investigation; if the applicant is found to be in violation of an applicable federal law by the OIG, the applicant may be subject to criminal and civil penalties, in addition to relevant OJP programmatic penalties, including cancellation of payments, return of funds, participation in the program during the period of ineligibility, or suspension and debarment.

Program Requirements and Application Instructions:

Click here for a Question & Answer (Q&A) document released on October 6, 2016 that outlines updated information relative to the 8 USC, Section 1373 requirements.
The new Q&A document is in addition the Q&A document released on July 7, 2016 (see below). Please read both the July 7, 2016 and October 6, 2016 Q&A documents.

Click here for a Question & Answer (Q&A) document released on July 7, 2016 that outlines updated information relative to the 8 USC, Section 1373 requirements.

SCAAP Awards:

Update on the Payments for "Unknown" Alien Status Inmate Days
The Department of Justice (DOJ) will continue the reimbursements for the unknown category of SCAAP inmates for the FY 2015 SCAAP awards. SCAAP grantees are strongly encouraged to work collaboratively with DHS in the following programs in order to increase their inmate alien status verifications. Those programs include:

  • 287(g) Program: The 287(g) program allows a state and local law enforcement entity to enter into a partnership with ICE in order to receive delegated authority for immigration enforcement within their jurisdictions. This allows the officials in the jurisdictions to match inmate records prior to the SCAAP application process. For more information, see the following web site: www.ice.gov/news/library/factsheets/287g.htm.
  • The Law Enforcement Support Center (LESC): LESC is a single national point of contact that provides timely customs information and immigration status and identity information and real-time assistance to local, state and federal law enforcement agencies on aliens suspected, arrested or convicted of criminal activity. For more information, see the following web site: www.ice.gov/LESC/or call 802-872-6000.
  • Priority Enforcement Program (PEP): PEP begins at the state and local level when an individual is arrested and booked by a law enforcement officer for a criminal violation and his or her fingerprints are submitted to the FBI for criminal history and warrant checks. This same biometric data is also sent to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) so that ICE can determine whether the individual is a priority for removal, consistent with the DHS enforcement priorities described in Secretary Johnson's November 20, 2014 Secure Communities memorandum. Under PEP, ICE will seek the transfer of a removable individual when that individual has been convicted of an offense listed under the DHS civil immigration enforcement priorities, has intentionally participated in an organized criminal gang to further the illegal activity of the gang, or poses a danger to national security.
  • http://www.ice.gov/pep 

Update on the Discontinuance of Payments for “Unknown” Alien Status Inmate Days
The Department of Justice (DOJ) will postpone the elimination of reimbursements for the unknown category of SCAAP inmates for 1 year, which includes the payment of FY 2012 SCAAP awards. The delay of this change will provide a significant opportunity for local governments to work collaboratively with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to improve local processes for detainee identification, in anticipation of discontinuing payments for unknown inmates next year. SCAAP grantees are strongly encouraged to work collaboratively with DHS in the following programs in order to increase their inmate alien status verifications. Those programs include:

  • Secure Communities Program: This program leverages an existing information sharing capability between DHS and DOJ to quickly and accurately identify aliens who are arrested for a crime and booked into local law enforcement custody. With this capability, the fingerprints of everyone arrested and booked are not only checked against Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) criminal history records, but they are also checked against DHS immigration records. If fingerprints match DHS records, the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) determines if immigration enforcement action is required, considering the immigration status of the alien, the severity of the crime and the alien's criminal history. For more information, see the following web site: www.ice.gov/secure_communities/.
  • 287(g) Program: The 287(g) program allows a state and local law enforcement entity to enter into a partnership with ICE in order to receive delegated authority for immigration enforcement within their jurisdictions. This allows the officials in the jurisdictions to match inmate records prior to the SCAAP application process. For more information, see the following web site: www.ice.gov/news/library/factsheets/287g.htm.
  • The Law Enforcement Support Center (LESC): LESC is a single national point of contact that provides timely customs information and immigration status and identity information and real-time assistance to local, state and federal law enforcement agencies on aliens suspected, arrested or convicted of criminal activity. For more information, see the following web site: www.ice.gov/LESC/ or call 802-872-6000. 

FY 2007-2012 SCAAP Use of Funds List:

  • Salaries for corrections officers
  • Overtime costs
  • Corrections work force recruitment and retention
  • Construction of corrections facilities
  • Training/education for offenders
  • Training for corrections officers related to offender population management
  • Consultants involved with offender population
  • Medical and mental health services
  • Vehicle rental/purchase for transport of offenders
  • Prison industries
  • Pre-release/reentry programs
  • Technology involving offender management/inter-agency information sharing
  • Disaster preparedness continuity of operations for corrections facility

 

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