Criminal Justice Systems


Institutionalize rule of law by developing and expanding criminal justice systems to strengthen partner country law enforcement and judicial effectiveness, foster cooperation in legal affairs, and advance respect for human rights.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of State
Office: International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements; Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2010: Numerous countries in Latin America passed a law reforming its criminal procedures, transitioning from a written and inquisitorial system, to an oral and accusatorial system. Numerous legal professionals received assistance training on theoretical discussions of culture of lawfulness, along with practical skills training on such topics as crime scene investigation, chain of custody, and police testimony to promote transparency under the new system. Fiscal Year 2011: One National Police Force has made Culture of Lawfulness (CoL) one of the force’s six strategic priorities. In their mandatory three years of study, new sub-lieutenants are now required to take a two semester (72 hour) CoL course. Following graduation, they are to work with community members to identify and address specific rule of law challenges. Earlier this year, Police Force leaders agreed to include CoL instruction in academies that prepare police for promotion to higher rank and increased responsibilities; making a significant step toward strengthening and institutionalizing CoL understanding and commitment throughout its force. Fiscal Year 2012: Will foster partnerships and build capacity with neighbor-countries Attorneys Generals Offices, and will strengthen greater cooperation among law enforcement agencies on both sides of the border and lead to more successful prosecutions of trans-border crime.
Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended by Foreign Assistance Act of 1961.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
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Beneficiary Eligibility
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Please see announcements in OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. See application in
Award Procedure
Please see Awards Policy Page of the Office of the Procurement Executive: awards/gtpolicy.htm.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days. Please see announcements in
Not Applicable.
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
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How may assistance be used?
Projects that expand legal training programs to enhance the ability of associations to improve the effectiveness of attorneys, prosecutors, and judicial investigators; expanding and enhancing justice institutions, anti-corruption initiatives, access to justice, increased support for women legal professionals, and a safe, secure, and humane corrections system; support programs to fight corruption, prosecute environmental crime, and enhance the rule of law through technical assistance. Please see announcements in Please see announcements in Please see announcements in
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Submission of a Program Report is required at the end of the grant. Submissions of quarterly reports are required. Submissions of quarterly reports are required. Submissions of quarterly reports are required. Please see announcements in
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Recipients are required to maintain financial records for three years.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Solicitation for proposals are posted in all year-round. Most performance period of INL grant is for one year. Please see announcements in See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Domestic Award is released thru the Payment Management System (HHS PMS). Please check for information on how assistance is awarded/released.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
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Headquarters Office
Lourdes F. Stein 2430 E St. NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20037 Email: Phone: 2027768774 Fax: 2027768686
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 10 $39,310,240; FY 11 est $46,030,390; and FY 12 est $40,000,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range varies widely. Please see announcements in
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Please see the following website: awards/gtpolicy.htm.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2010: Assistance to help strengthen the capacity of courts to manage, administer, and track narcotics and transnational crime cases. Fiscal Year 2011: Assistance to increase the ability of the legal community to implement the new Criminal Procedure Code, improve the professionalism and capacity of the independent advocate community, and raise public awareness and discourse of secular law. Fiscal Year 2012: Assistance to foster partnerships and build capacity with the Attorneys Generals Offices, encourage greater cooperation among law enforcement agencies on both sides of the border and lead to more successful prosecutions of trans-border crime.


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