BJA Announces Solicitation for New Smart Pretrial Demonstration Initiative

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) announced they are seeking applications for the Smart Pretrial Demonstration Initiative (SPDI) grant as part of their “smart suite.” The SPDI grant program seeks to build upon analysis-driven, evidence-based pretrial justice by encouraging local and tribal jurisdictions to effectively implement risk assessment and appropriate supervision and/or diversion strategies targeting pretrial outcomes within their jurisdiction.

The Smart Pretrial Demonstration Initiative is an opportunity for local jurisdictions to improve the front-end of their criminal justice systems. Over the past several years BJA has supported the efforts of the Pretrial Justice Working Group to help implement changes to the current bail system in America. With wide support from a broad array of organizations, including the Conference of Chief Justices, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Association of Counties and many more, recipients of the SPDI grant will have resources at their disposal to make change.

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