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The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is seeking applications for funding under the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 for a project to examine gaps and opportunities related to collaboration between entities that provide victim services in a post-conviction setting. This work is targeted at legal professionals and related stakeholders and how they interact with each other and the criminal justice system as a whole to ensure that victim and survivors are afforded their legal rights. The resultant white paper will provide NIC with information that addresses system-based approaches that create and foster collaboration.


In August of 2015, NIC convened a meeting of national experts in victim services as part of an on-going state demonstration project. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss what a comprehensive continuum of victim services might look like and what issues and gaps would need to be addressed to create an integrated service system. One of the outcomes of that meeting was a realization that legal entities, such as the prosecutor, defense attorney, judiciary and law makers are not generally aware of the impact there decisions have on victims of crime and their ability to access their legal rights (18 U.S.C. § 3771). This is especially true in the post-conviction setting.

This project is intended to delve into the victim service gaps and barriers that exist within the post-conviction setting from the perspective of legal professionals and how they interact with each other and the criminal justice system as a whole. A complete and thorough mapping of processes should yield information on gaps, barriers and opportunities for collaboration that currently exist and provide guidance and recommendations on how a more integrated service delivery system may be developed to better address the rights of victims and survivors of crime.

Goals, Objectives, and Deliverables

This competitive solicitation will fund the development of a white paper based on a mapping session and other information gathering efforts that will fully explore the issues that affect victims and survivors in a post-conviction setting. NIC will provide funding and support for the mapping session and for participant attendance. The successful awardee will also produce recommendations based on the session and other information and research to afford the most comprehensive product possible.

DEADLINE: Applications must be received before midnight (ET) on April 14, 2017.

Please note effective July 1, 2013 the Central Contractor Registration (CCR) was merged to the System for Award Management (SAM).  The SAM registry and Frequently Asked Questions can be reached at  Please note that the registration process can take up to 1-3 weeks, so please plan accordingly.

Questions and Answers:

Question:  "Are state agencies eligible to respond to the solicitation?"
Answer:  "Yes"
Additional Information: Improving Post Conviction Victim Services: The Value of Systems Mapping to Foster Program Development
Question: Do these mapping sessions apply to the local applicant's post-conviction resources in the criminal justice system? 

Answer: The participants in the mapping sessions should be from a wide distribution of appropriate stakeholders that represent decision makers across the system with an emphasis on legal and judicial interaction and how these decisions play out in the post-conviction setting.

Question: Are travel and accommodation for the mapping session participants acceptable budget items?

Answer: NIC will provide funding and support for the mapping session and for participant attendance.

Posted Mon, Feb 13 2017 7:31 AM by Susan Powell


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