The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) is seeking proposals for assistance in the development and implementation of the Arrest-Related Deaths (ARD) Program, 2011-2013. In addition, BJS is seeking assistance in the revision of the 2013 ARD survey instrument and refinements in procedures for collecting and analyzing data about arrest-related deaths. BJS anticipates that this 36-month award will begin on October 1, 2011, and will continue until September 30, 2014. The purpose of the ARD program is to (1) the collect complete and accurate information on all arrest-related deaths; (2) implement a consistent program in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and (3) increase efficiency and timeliness of ARD data collection, analysis, and dissemination of findings. From its inception through calendar year 2010, the ARD collection has been managed in-house by BJS staff. With this solicitation, BJS seeks a data collection agent for the deaths that occur during 2011, 2012, and 2013. The correctional component of the Deaths in Custody Reporting Act (DCRP) is not included in this solicitation.
For background on the DCRP, see the special topic page on the BJS website at www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=tp&tid=19.
BJS is authorized to issue this solicitation under the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968, Section 302.