Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $599,676)
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 Center for State Courts (NCSC) will continue its involvement and leadership in creating and improving data exchange standards within court communities to ensure accurate information sharing. NCSC will provide a wide variety of activities to support the National Information Exchange Model (NIEM) and the Global Justice Reference Architecture (JRA) national activities, including, but not limited to converting up to six NCSC GJXDM exchanges into NIEM; developing service interfaces; and working with court technology leadership to enhance national standards adoption within U.S. courts.