Upholding the Rule of Law and Preventing Wrongful Convictions Program

Federal Funding Agency:

Bureau of Justice Assistance

Applicant Eligibility:

City or township governments, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Private institutions of higher education, State governments, County governments, Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments), Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, and County, state, or local public defender offices that have in-house post-conviction representation programs that show demonstrable experience and competence in litigating post-conviction claims of innocence.

Due Date:

Grants.gov Deadline May 17, 2023, 8:59 pm Eastern
Application JustGrants Deadline May 24, 2023, 8:59 pm Eastern

Funding Amount:

Category 1: Wrongful Conviction Review Entity-Led Strategy-up to $600,000
Category 2: Prosecutor/Conviction Integrity Unit-Led Partnerships with Wrongful Conviction Review Entities-up to $600,000

Agency Solicitation:

The ROL/WCR Program supports efforts by wrongful conviction review entities (WCR entities) that represent individuals with post-conviction claims of innocence to review individual cases, and conviction integrity or review units (CIUs) to enhance criminal justice system integrity. By advancing methodologies and policies that address the underlying causes of wrongful convictions, funding through this program is intended to help wrongful conviction entities, prosecutors, law enforcement, defense counsel, and courts identify actual perpetrators and develop training tools, policies, and procedures that can prevent wrongful convictions.