Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $201,500)
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 Development and Research Institute (NDRI) will implement the Cultural Proficiency for Drug Court Practitioners Training Project funded under Category 4: Enhancing Local Courts. They will train drug court personnel on ways to increase the effectiveness of their drug courts. The NDRI trainers will assist drug court practitioners to become more culturally competent in their work.