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The JFA Institute has managed the Corrections Options Technical Assistance (COTA) program for the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance for a number of years. Through the program JFA provided technical assistance to the states of Florida, Kansas, Nevada, Texas, Ohio, Rhode Island, and Alaska and is currently working with other states. Assistance has ranged in type from establishing reliable prison population projections to designing risk assessment instruments and evaluating the effectiveness of treatment programs.

The JFA Institute also facilitates presentations, workshops and task forces for state and municipal agencies. Recent examples include: working with the Council on State Governments to help states design strategies and implement policies that are more effective at treating the mentally ill and diverting them from prolonged involvement in the justice system; working with the Texas State Department of Criminal Justice to rethink the way it uses its state prison resources and with the Travis County (Austin, TX) Community Supervision and Corrections Department to reorganize one of the largest probation systems in the country; and, providing technical assistance and facilitating policy group discussions to help the State of Louisiana re-design its correctional system in the aftermath of the Katrina storm disaster.