Notice of Technical Assistance Opportunity:
County Criminal Justice Planning Partnership (CCJPC)

The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority is requesting proposals from counties seeking technical assistance in the form of a County Criminal Justice Planning Partnership. ICJIA will select, at minimum, four Illinois counties for strategic planning assistance to be provided from June 2017 through December 2018, with the possibility of continuation based on available resources. If federal funding is received, a technical assistance recipients also may receive funding for Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) implementation, including staff hiring. 

Technical Assistance

Technical assistance will be primarily provided by ICJIA, as well as key partners ICJIA has recruited for this initiative. These partners include:

  1. Loyola University’s Center on Criminal Justice Research, Policy and Practice, a multi-disciplinary initiative funded by the MacArthur Foundation that is dedicated to strengthening Illinois’ state and local criminal justice system through collaborative interdisciplinary research and evaluation, professional leadership development, and targeted projects; and
  2. The National Criminal Justice Reform Project, an initiative funded by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation in which Illinois will be receiving strategic planning technical assistance from the National Governors Association and the National Criminal Justice Association.

Technical assistance will be tailored to each county’s needs, but will generally include assistance with developing a set of measures to gauge justice system activities and outcomes (a criminal justice “dashboard”); training; offender profile and programming assessment; strategic planning; the identification, adoption and implementation of evidence-based programs and practices that that help meet the county’s needs; and evaluation and sustainability. 

Read this page and click here for application materials, eligibility, and other information

Click here for answers to frequently asked questions about the CCJPC NOTAO

Application deadline: May 19, 2017.

Program requirements:

Letters of Commitment

As CJCCs require significant collaboration among local criminal justice stakeholders, including governmental and non-governmental officials, applicants must submit a letter of commitment from stakeholders who will constitute the CJCC’s leadership team.

The letters of commitment should also include a pledge by stakeholder organizations to:

  1. Participate in an evaluation of the strategic planning effort, including the plan’s implementation and outcomes.
  2. Gather and share relevant data with ICJIA that will be needed in order to assist the County in its strategic planning effort, including evaluation.

The letter should also identify existing challenges and barriers to data collection and analysis. 


While CJCC individual membership may vary somewhat depending on the specific needs of  particular counties, CJCCs should include representatives from the three branches of government (executive, judicial, and legislative); city and county government; and allied stakeholders from various other entities such as education or health and human services, community based organizations, service providers, and victim representatives.

CJCCs should include, at a minimum, the: 

  1. State’s attorney.
  2. Representative of the judiciary.
  3. Public defender.
  4. Sheriff.
  5. Representatives from local municipal police departments (i.e., the largest in the county).
  6. Representative of the county (e.g., County Administrator).
  7. Representative from the county’s probation and pre-trial services departments.
  8. Representatives from a mayor’s Office (i.e., in the largest cities in the county).
  9. A governmental health and human services agency that services justice-involved populations.
  10. A civic leader/organization. 

Additional members could include victim advocates, one or more formerly incarcerated individuals, and representatives from community and faith based organizations, as well as local mental health and substance use treatment providers.

Memorandum of Understanding

Applicants selected for technical assistance will be required to sign a Memorandum of Understanding which lays out the responsibilities of partner agencies and the services to be provided.

Required Two-Day Training

Successful applicants will be required to participate in a two-day strategic planning training session during the summer of 2017.  This session will serve as the foundation for technical assistance delivery.  ICJIA will work with successful individual applicants to identify a jurisdiction to host this event.  Successful applicants will also be expected to send representative teams to a two-day conference in fall 2017.

Eligibility Information:  

Applicants for technical assistance are not required to be GATA compliant at the time of proposal submission.  However, if funding for CJCC coordination becomes available, recipient agencies will be required to meet all GATA compliance standards in order to receive funding.  Therefore, ICJIA encourages applicants to begin the GATA process, so that applicants do not experience any delays or disqualification if funding does become available.

Eligible Applicants: 

Eligible applicants include executive or judicial governmental agencies in the 30 counties (outside of Cook) with the highest prison utilization rate. 

Application Materials: 

Click here for the County Criminal Justice Planning Partnership Application.


Completed application materials must be emailed to by 11:59 p.m., May 19, 2017, to be considered for technical assistance. Proposals will not be accepted by mail, fax, or in-person. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Late submissions will not be reviewed.

Available Funds:

This notice is for technical assistance. However, ICJIA has applied for a discretionary federal grant that may be used to support CJCC coordination in counties awarded technical assistance. Federal awards will be announced in fall 2017. 

Contact Information:

Caitlin Delong
Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority
300 West Adams, Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60606

Required Technical Assistance Session:  

This short video below provides a basic overview of information applicants need to know for ICJIA’s County Criminal Justice Planning Partnership technical assistance opportunity. All applicants must watch this video.

This short video below provides the eligibility, GATA compliance and submission guide lines for ICJIA’s County Criminal Justice Planning Partnership technical assistance opportunity. All applicants must watch this video.

Information provided during this webinar recording will be unofficial and not binding on the state.

Notice of Intent: 

Agencies interested in submitting a proposal are asked to submit an online Notice of Intent by 11:59 p.m., May 10, 2017



Target Date

Release of NOTAO and open application

Monday, April 10, 2017

Pre-application webinar         

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Notice of Intent due

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Last date for submission of questions

Monday, May 15, 2017

Application Closes

Friday, May 19, 2017

Start Program Performance Period

June 2017

Documents to Submit: 

The following documents must be emailed to by the 11:59 p.m., Friday, May 19, 2017, deadline for application review. Click the links below to download copies.