Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $225,000)
The Iowa Division of Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning (CJJP) is seeking funding for both Core Capacity-Building the Special-Emphasis categories. Under the Core Capacity Building Projects, the Iowa SAC is proposing to enhance existing efforts on one project, which has received BJS support. The aim is to expand the Decision Matrix data collection pilot statewide. The pilot data is currently being analyzed with an aim to generate buy-in from other districts by sharing the effect the DM has had on youth recidivism in the pilot districts. The Special Emphasis Capacity Building project includes Category B Conducting Targeted Analyses that use the State’s Criminal History Record. The first project will be a new project in partnership with the IDOC, IWD, and the DOE. Quantitative and qualitative data will be analyzed to determine if post-secondary education in correctional institutions has an effect on job readiness, securing employment, income levels, and recidivism. The second Special Emphasis Capacity Building Project, Category B, enhances existing efforts, which have received BJS support. An Evaluation of IDOC’s Workforce Development Programs will focus on the evaluation and outcomes assessment of two IDOC programs: Iowa Prison Industries and Tech2 Connect. Outcomes include indicators for success, which will be identified during the program evaluation, and recidivism rates will be assessed using criminal history records. The last project is proposed under the Special Emphasis Capacity Building Project, Category A, An Assessment of Iowa Law Enforcement and Community Mental Health Models. It proposes to complete an analysis of a law enforcement survey conducted by CJJP. Additionally, it proposes to conduct a process and outcome evaluation of two programs: Marshalltown Police and Community Team (MPACT) and Ames Alternative Responses for Community Health (ARCH). A cost-benefit analysis of these models will be performed. The projects proposed in this year’s 2023 SJS SAC grant will help Iowa to build capacity, enhance the utilization of existing data exchanges, and will contribute to enhanced knowledge of programs and policies for use locally and nationally.