Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $16,178)
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 Department of Community Corrections (DCC) will use this grant to conduct four statewide workshops to enhance the knowledge base of agencies that work with sex offenders. DCC currently has a Sex Offender Program that supervises some of the high risk (Level 3) and all of the serious and violent predators (level 4) sex offenders. The remaining offenders are supervised by probation/parole officers who have had little or no training in sex offender management. This grant program is designed to fill such gaps by providing funding for offender-specific training to all entities involved with sex offender management, treatment, and victims. The expected impact of this program will be: (1) all supervising sex offender officers will have increased their sex offender case management knowledge, (2) knowledge will be shared among workshop participants and a common vision realized, (3) a victim-centered approach will be incorporated as part of all sex offender management strategies, and (4) an evaluation will produce a report that identifies gaps in services and future training needs.