Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $296,592)
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 Innovative Public Policies, Incorporated will implement this project funded under Category 5: Enhancing Local Corrections and Offender Reentry. They will provide sheriffs, jail administrators, and community leaders with a workbook-style toolkit of strategic initiatives to proactively address staff recruitment, retention, and succession planning. The toolkit will be based on in-depth research related to the fundamental workforce challenges facing local jails.