Targeted Community Alternatives to Prison (T-CAP)
The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction (ODRC), Bureau of Community Sanctions (BCS) is seeking Ohio Counties to participate in the Targeted Community Alternatives to Prison (T-CAP) grant. This grant provides funding to Ohio Courts of Common Pleas through Ohio County Boards of Commissioners, who submit a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) pursuant to ORC §2929.34 and §5149.38. The purpose of this grant opportunity is to provide funds to local communities to effectively supervise, treat and hold accountable low-level, non-violent offenders, and at the same time safely reduce Ohio’s prison population. The funding amounts allocated statewide assume a reduction in the prison population to average 49,104 during state fiscal year 2018, and 47,538 in state fiscal year 2019. ODRC reserves the right to amend the T-CAP grant program should those population averages not be realized.
Calendar of Events
Application/MOU Period Opens: July 17, 2017 at 5:00 pm
Application/MOU Period Closes: August 21, 2017 at 8:30 am
Application/MOU Screening Completion Date: August 25, 2017
Notification to County: August 28, 2017
Grant Period: September 1, 2017 - June 30, 2019
Expenditure Period: September 1, 2017 – June 30, 2020
Effective Date: September 18, 2017
T-CAP Grant Definitions
As used in the below sections of this announcement:
1. "Target county" - Franklin county, Cuyahoga county, Hamilton county, Summit county, Montgomery county, Lucas county, Butler county, Stark county, Lorain county, and Mahoning county.
2. "Voluntary county" - any county in which the board of county commissioners of the county and the administrative judge of the general division of the court of common pleas of the county choose to submit an MOU in response to this solicitation.
3. “T-CAP Target Population” - those Felony 5 offenders who are prohibited from serving a prison sentence in ODRC on and after July 1, 2018. Specifically, no person sentenced by the court of common pleas from a target county or from a voluntary county to a prison term that is twelve months or less for a felony of the fifth degree shall serve the term in an institution under the control of the department of rehabilitation and correction. This does not apply to any person to whom any of the following apply:
(i) The felony of the fifth degree was an offense of violence, as defined in section 2901.01 of the Revised Code, a sex offense under Chapter 2907 of the Revised Code, a violation of section 2925.03 of the Revised Code, or any offense for which a mandatory prison term is required.
(ii) The person previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to any felony offense of violence, as defined in section 2901.01 of the Revised Code.
(iii) The person previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to any felony sex offense under Chapter 2907 of the Revised Code.
(iv) The person's sentence is required to be served concurrently to any other sentence imposed upon the person for a felony that is required to be served in an institution under the control of the department of rehabilitation and correction.
4. “Grant Period” – time period within which a County receives T-CAP funds on a quarterly basis.
5. “Expenditure Period” – time period within which a County may expend T-CAP funds.
6. “Effective Date” – the date after which the TCAP grant becomes binding and a T-CAP target population offender sentenced to ODRC results in the reduction of the grant by $72 per day per person.
All Ohio counties are eligible and encouraged to apply. Newly created ORC §5149.38 requires the submission of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by a county commissioner representing the board of county commissioners of the county, the administrative judge of the general division of the court of common pleas of the county, the sheriff of the county, and an official from any municipality operating a local correctional facility which courts of the counties sentence offenders and which must include: (1) plans by which the county will use grant money provided to the county in state fiscal year 2018 and succeeding state fiscal years and (2) specifies the manner in which the county will address a per diem reimbursement of local correctional facilities.
Per ORC §5149.38 (B) Two or more target counties or voluntary counties may join together to jointly establish a MOU provided that the MOU is signed by each of the affiliating counties’ board of commissioners, administrative judge, sheriff, and official from any municipality operating a local correctional facility which courts of the counties sentence offenders.
This is the only opportunity for a voluntary county to apply for the FY2018-2019 grant. A “Target County” may choose to apply now and participate in FY2018 as a voluntary county or wait until April/May of 2018 to submit their MOU for FY2019.