The Oregon Criminal Justice Commission (CJC) has administered a variety of grants since 2005. The CJC has administered 22 state funded Drug Court Grants since 2006. In 2009, the duties of the Commission were expanded when Governor Kulongoski appointed the CJC as the State Administering Agency (SAA) for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant.
The purpose of the Oregon Criminal Justice Commission is to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of state and local criminal justice systems by providing a centralized and impartial forum for statewide policy development and planning. Per ORS 137.656 (5) the Commission may apply for grants and award grants for the purpose of carrying out the duties of the Commission.
Civil Rights Compliance Specific to State Administering Agencies
The CJC is the State Administering Agency for the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant funds and other federal funds. As a condition for receiving funding from the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), recipients must comply with applicable federal civil rights laws, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the Justice Department’s regulation for the Equal Treatment of Faith-Based Organizations. Depending on the funding source, a recipient must also comply with the nondiscrimination provisions within the applicable program statutes, which may include the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, the Victims of Crime Act, or the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. Collectively, these federal laws prohibit a recipient of OJP funding from discriminating either in employment or in the delivery of services or benefits on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, or disability. In addition, OJP recipients may not discriminate on the basis of age in the delivery of services or benefits.
Compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits recipients from discriminating on the basis of national origin in the delivery of services or benefits, entails taking reasonable steps to ensure that persons with limited English proficiency (LEP) have meaningful access to funded programs or activities. An LEP person is one whose first language is not English and who has a limited ability to read, write, speak, or understand English. To assist recipients in meeting their obligation to serve LEP persons, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has published a guidance document, which is available on the LEP.gov web site. OJP encourages applicants and recipients to include within their program budgets the costs for providing interpretation and translation services to eligible LEP service populations.
For technical assistance on complying with the civil rights laws linked to the receipt of federal financial assistance from CJC, please contact the CJC Civil Rights Complaint Coordinator:
Grants Program Manager
885 Summer St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
All State Administering Agencies (SAAs) have a responsibility to monitor their sub recipients to ensure that the sub recipients are complying with the federal civil rights laws that are applicable to recipients of federal financial assistance. The CJC has established policies and procedures, training and technical assistance to help sub recipients with compliance. Links describing CJC’s policies, procedures and training for addressing complaints alleging discrimination follows:
Civil Rights Policy 001-Employee Discrimination
Grants Management Handbook and Appendices
As the State Administering Agency of the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant, the CJC is responsible for maintaining compliance with Federal and State requirements. In an effort to help grant recipients negotiate the requirements, CJC Grant Program staff have prepared the Grants Management Handbook. CJC Grant Recipients may find many of the answers to their questions in the Handbook.
Grants Management Handbook (2010)
Appendix B - PIR
Appendix D - Travel Form
Appendix E - Confidential Funds
Appendix F - Request Program Amendment
Appendix G - Request Budget Amendment
Appendix H - Audit Certification
CURRENT GRANT OPPORTUNITIES
Current Grant Opportunities are available below. Please contact Grant Program staff with any questions.
2013-2015 General Fund Drug Court Grant Program
Submission Deadline ~ Monday June 17, 2013 by 5pm
The Criminal Justice Commission intends to use state general funds which should be available July 1, 2013 for the General Fund Drug Court Grant Program. The funding amount is not known at this time and is contingent upon the 2013 legislative approved budget. This is a one-time solicitation, offering support for a maximum period of 24 months.
Grant Program Goals: The goal of the General Fund Drug Court Grant Program is to financially support existing Oregon specialty courts serving adults, juveniles and families. Drug courts have been shown to be a cost-effective way to increase engagement and completion of chemical dependency treatment, reduce criminal recidivism, reduce alcohol and drug use, and impact many other public systems.
Eligible Applicants: Applicants eligible under the General Fund Drug Court Grant Program include: Existing drug courts (i.e. Adult, dependency, mental health and juvenile courts), counties, other units of local government, for-profits, non-profits or judicial districts with existing Drug Court Programs.
2012-2013 John R. Justice Student Loan Repayment Program
Deadline for Submission: Thursday, May 30, 2013 by 5pm
Oregon’s JR Justice Loan Repayment Program (JRJ) provides educational loan repayment benefits to prosecutors and public defenders in the state of Oregon using funding from the John R. Justice (JRJ) Program. The purpose of the program is to encourage qualified attorneys to choose careers as prosecutors and public defenders and to continue in that service. This new loan repayment program will be administered by the Criminal Justice Commission.
Note: The Oregon JRJ Program disbursed approximately $110,000 in benefits to 30 recipients in 2011-2012. Allocation of funds was equally distributed between prosecutors and public defenders.
For the 2013 funding cycle, the Oregon JRJ Program has approximately $53,431(total) for benefits during the period of October 1, 2012 – September 30, 2013. As in the first and second year, allocation of funds will be equally distributed between prosecutors and public defenders. There is a rebuttable presumption that a beneficiary who was awarded last year will be given priority consideration to receive funding during the second and third years of the Service Agreement, depending on their continued eligibility and availability of fund.
All eligible applicants must submit their application through CJC’s Oregon Online Grants System (OOGS); www.cjcgrants.com; the application is available on OOGS.
2013 JR Justice Guidelines
Loan Verification Form
Oregon Employer Verification Form
Questions about this program can be directed to:
Lorin Schmit Dunlop, Grants Coordinator, 503-378-4078.
Grant Program Evaluations
The CJC places a high value on evaluating the programs it funds to guide public safety investment decisions. Program evaluation is closely tied to our efforts to "improve the effectiveness and efficiency of state and local criminal justice systems."
The following evaluations have been completed of CJC funded programs.
2010 Jackson Co. Family Court Report
2010 Marion Co. Family Court Report
2011 Offender Re-Entry Evaluation
2011 Statewide Drug Court Study