Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2005, $250,000)
The Comprehensive Approaches to Sex Offender Management (CASOM) Grant Program is authorized under Title IV of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, Pub. L. No. 103-322, 42 U.S.C. 13941. The CASOM grants are awarded to state, local, and tribal jurisdictions to develop or enhance sex offender management practices for offenders under community supervision. The Office of Justice Programs awards implementation and enhancement grants. Implementation and Enhancement grants are intended to assist jurisdictions to either implement strategic plans already developed or to enhance existing sex offender management strategies.
The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections will utilize grant funds to address challenges that the state faces in the management of sex offenders. The two primary goals of the adult program are to ensure victim and community safety and to increase the level of collaboration, knowledge of victim centered approaches, and use of best practices in the management of sex offenders within the state. The Office of Youth Development (OYD) proposes to enhance community-based services to juvenile sexual offenders in Louisiana by implementing and evaluating a comprehensive community-based 'best practices' model in a five (5) parish region of the state. By supporting the implementation, evaluation, and dissemination of a model community-based program, OYD anticipates a reduced reliance on institutionalization to manage the state's juvenile sexual offender and to create a 'seamless' continuum of care for this critical population with an overarching goal of reduced recidivism and increased safety within the community.