John R Justice Program Request for Applications

OVERVIEW

The Colorado John R. Justice (JRJ) Program provides educational loan repayment benefits to prosecutors and public defenders in Colorado, using funding from the John R. Justice (JRJ) Program codified as 42 U.S.C. §3797cc-21. The purpose of the program is to encourage qualified attorneys to choose and remain in careers as prosecutors and public defenders. Selected beneficiaries must commit to continued employment as public defenders and prosecutors for at least three years.

I.          AMOUNT OF PROGRAM FUNDING AND BENEFIT AMOUNT 

Colorado received a total of $35,628 from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) for program fiscal year 2016 being administered in 2017 and will make an equal allocation of $17,814 to eligible selected prosecutors and $17,814 to eligible public defenders. Due to the limited amount of funds only 3 prosecutors will be selected for an award and only 3 public defenders will be selected for an award.

The six applicants (beneficiaries) awarded John R Justice funds for loan repayment will receive awards in the $5,000 range. A beneficiary may not receive more than $60,000 in total lifetime benefits provided by JRJ grant funds.

Minimum Criteria:  This will be a highly competitive process due to program eligibility and available funding limitations again only 3 prosecutors and 3 public defenders will be selected to receive an award. Funding is based on need please read this document for more information on how need is defined. For that reason, only applicants with a gross income (salary prior to taxes) of $65,000 or below (this is the gross income of the applicant only) and with education loan debt of $100,000 and higher are eligible to apply this program year.

 II.        ELIGIBILITY

 A.    ELIGIBLE EMPLOYMENT

Program defined employment eligible prosecutors and public defenders are:

Prosecutor: Full-time employee (defined as 30 hours or more per week) of a state or unit of local government (including tribal government) who is continually licensed to practice law and prosecutes criminal or juvenile delinquency cases at the state or unit of local government level including supervision, education, or training of other persons prosecuting such cases. 42 U.S.C.§3797cc-21(b)(1)

Public Defender: An attorney who is continually licensed to practice law and is a full-time employee (defined as 30 hours or more per week) of a state or unit of local government (including tribal government) who provides legal representation to indigent persons in criminal or juvenile delinquency cases including supervision, education, or training of other persons providing such representation.

and/or

An attorney employed as a full-time federal defender in a defender organization pursuant to Subsection (g) of section 3006A of Title 18, United States Code, that provides legal representation to indigent persons in criminal or juvenile delinquency cases. 42 U.S.C. §3797cc-21(b)(2). 

III.       REQUIREMENTS 

Make sure you read the entire Requirements in the Program Overview, Eligibility and Application Instructions posted below.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE AND DEADLINE

Applicants must submit an application packet using the on-line application system (all questions answered and all requested documents uploaded) by February 20, 2017 by 10:00 p.m. The entire application and all required documents must be in by the deadline. Incomplete applications including those missing information or documents will not be eligible for consideration. Applicants who do not meet them minimum requirement will not be able to submit an application.


2nd, create a user name and password using the following link: https://coloradopco.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_4Hj5PPRZeluyrs1 
3rd, access the on-line application using the following link: https://coloradopco.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cuwrRouPkUTnSq0t