The International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Vera Institute of Justice are among winners of 11 grants being issued by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Assistance under a new program encouraging proposals for innovative criminal justice projects not included in the Justice Department’s established program categories. The IACP gets $944,948 to build law enforcement capacity to use Web 2.0 tools, and Vera gets $861,519 to develop a national “Knowledge Bank for Cost-Benefit Analysis in Criminal Justice.”
IACP received a second grant under the program, for $244,766, for a study of the “cause and magnitude of officer injuries” and how to respond to them. Legal Momentum, with the Vera Institute, will get $943,878 for a program to increase the capacity of law enforcement to deal with crime against immigrants. Other grant winners and their subjects were the American Bar Association (racial justice), American Probation and Parole Association (probation/parole officer Web communications), Center for Effective Public Policy (improving parole authorities), George Mason University (risk-need-responsivity in corrections), National Center for States Courts (risk-needs assessments in sentencning), National Judicial College (mental competence issues in courts), and Bronx Defenders (holistic advocacy model for public defenders).