Institutional Corrections

Apply now! NIJ is seeking innovative research proposals to empirically assess pressing issues in institutional corrections. Applicants should submit proposals that address one of the following three categories:

  1. Advancing science: Responding to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Report, The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences.
  2. Understanding the use of restrictive housing.
  3. An examination of correctional officer safety and wellness: The impact of fatal and non-fatal work-related injuries on the corrections institution.

Applications are due May 17, 2016. Download the solicitation (pdf, 38 pages).

Institutional corrections facilities include prisons and jails. Prisons are state or federal housing facilities that confine convicted felons with sentences typically longer than a year. Jails are administered by local law enforcement and hold offenders with shorter sentences — usually for 1 year or less — and those awaiting trial.

NIJ's research and development program responds to the needs of corrections practitioners and to the changing nature of corrections. NIJ sponsors research which aims to improve the management of correctional facilities at the state and local level; understanding the impact of technology in improving staff and inmate safety; and how state and federal legislation, for example, the Prison Rape Elimination Act, affects safety and security and administration of policies and procedures.


Date Modified: March 2, 2016