Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $475,000)
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 National District Attorney's Association's (NDAA) will implement the National Community Prosecution Technical Assistance Initiative funded through Category 4: Enhancing Local Courts. NDAA will promote community prosecution and enhance the effectiveness of community prosecutors across the nation. They will increase access to information about community prosecution by establishing a national technical assistance network and provide ongoing assistance through a listserv, newsletters, and publications. NDAA will enhance the effectiveness of community prosecutors by providing national trainings and on-site technical support.