Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $50,000)
The Comprehensive Approaches to Sex Offender Management (CASOM) Grant Program is authorized under Title IV of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, Pub. L. No. 103-322, 42 U.S.C. 13941. The CASOM grants are awarded to state, local, and tribal jurisdictions to develop or enhance sex offender management practices for offenders under community supervision. The Office of Justice Programs awards implementation and enhancement grants. Implementation and enhancement grants are intended to assist jurisdictions either to implement strategic plans already developed or to enhance existing sex offender management strategies.
The Mississippi Department of Public Safety (MDPS) plans to utilize grant funds to provide training to stakeholders in the sex offender management process within the State of Mississippi. The training curriculum will include: (1) current sex offender registration laws, processes, and procedures; (2) compliance with recent and upcoming legislative changes; (3) collection and use of information obtained through supervision and monitoring; (4) strategies for sharing and exchanging information among agencies involved in sex offender management; and (5) impact of victimization and its prevention. The training will also include a component on team building and collaboration to enable participants to form regional partnerships to manage their sex offender population. Additionally, MDPS plans to address problems concerning the state's sex offender management program by establishing a statewide multidisciplinary team comprised of all sex offender management stakeholders to assess and analyze the state's current sex offender management process.