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.
Alaska has the highest rate of sex-related crime in the United States, but has no effective juvenile sexual offender reentry program for rural areas, which comprise the vast majority of the state and is where more than two thirds of juvenile sex offenders live. The McLaughlin Youth Center, located in Anchorage, operates Alaska's only long-term juvenile detention center with a sex offender treatment program in the state. The Alaska Native Justice Center (ANJC) goals are as follows: convene a Collaboration Team representing stakeholders involved in the issue of juvenile sex offender management in rural Alaska; gather baseline data regarding juvenile sex offender management in rural Alaska; examine current legislation, policies, and practices affecting juvenile sex offender management; identify strengths and weaknesses in the juvenile sex offender management system; and develop a plan to enhance juvenile sex offender management in rural Alaska.