Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $699,122)
The Edward Byrne Memorial Discretionary Grants Program, administered by the Office of Justice Programs' (OJP's) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), furthers the Department's mission by assisting state and local jurisdictions in improving the criminal justice system and assisting communities in preventing drug abuse and crime. In fiscal year 2007, the Edward Byrne Memorial Discretionary Grants Program will focus on funding local, regional, and national efforts within six major categories: 1) targeting violent crime; 2) preventing crime and drug abuse; 3) enhancing local law enforcement; 4) enhancing local courts; 5) enhancing local corrections and offender reentry; and 6) facilitating justice information sharing. All categories combat, address, or otherwise respond to precipitous or extraordinary increases in crime, or in a type or types of crime.
The Center for Effective Public Policy will implement their Community Safety through Successful Offender Reentry Project funded under Category 5: Enhancing Local Corrections and Offender Reentry. They will train correctional agencies on strategies for successful offender reentry. The goal is to utilize the newly developed curriculum to deliver agency-wide trainings in three states, which will involve significant numbers of staff from both institutional and community corrections.