BJA FY 20 Upholding the Rule of Law and Preventing Wrongful Convictions Program

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Funding Opportunity ID: 324379
Opportunity Number: BJA-2020-17139
Opportunity Title: BJA FY 20 Upholding the Rule of Law and Preventing Wrongful Convictions Program
Opportunity Category: Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Category of Funding Activity: Humanities (see “Cultural Affairs” in CFDA)
Law, Justice and Legal Services
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s): 16.746
Eligible Applicants: State governments
County governments
City or township governments
Special district governments
Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
Private institutions of higher education
Others (see text field entitled “Additional Information on Eligibility” for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility: The following entities are eligible to apply: • Nonprofit organizations (including tribal nonprofit organizations), • Institutions of higher education • State or local public defender offices that have in-house post-conviction representation programs that show demonstrabl
Agency Code: USDOJ-OJP-BJA
Agency Name: Department of Justice
Bureau of Justice Assistance
Posted Date: Feb 11, 2020
Close Date: Apr 13, 2020
Last Updated Date: Feb 11, 2020
Award Ceiling: $300,000
Award Floor: $0
Estimated Total Program Funding: $3,600,000
Expected Number of Awards: 12
Description: The Upholding the Rule of Law and Preventing Wrongful Convictions (ROL/WCR) Program is committed to protecting the integrity of the criminal justice system and the consistent application of due process for all. The ROL/WCR Program supports efforts by wrongful conviction review entities (WCR entities) that represent individuals with post-conviction claims of innocence to review individual cases. Where possible, the URLPWC Program seeks to identify actual perpetrators of crimes, and to bring justice to victim(s), thereby enhancing public safety. By advancing methodologies and policies that address the underlying causes of wrongful convictions, URLPWC funding is intended to help prosecutors, law enforcement, defense counsel, and courts identify actual perpetrators and develop training tools, policies, and procedures that can prevent wrongful convictions. The reviews may also result in the identification of systemic issues related to prior practices and errors and/or new forensic practices that can contribute to preventing wrongful convictions. Public safety is adversely impacted by delays in the identification and apprehension of actual perpetrators. Exonerations based on false testimony, for example, primarily occur in murder cases, meaning that violent perpetrators remain on the street, potentially committing further crimes. URLPWC funding will support both the review of post-conviction claims of innocence and prosecutorial efforts to address violent crime and improve criminal prosecution, resulting in safer neighborhoods.
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