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 New Jersey State Parole Board (NJSPB) is being awarded this grant under Category II. The purpose of this grant is to achieve the following three training goals: 1) To identify agencies that use polygraph across the nation and collect data on the policies and training programs of the identified agencies. Then, NJSPB will assess which policies and procedures can be integrated in their Sexual Offender Management Unit (SOMU); 2) To develop a training agenda for SOMU officers to evaluate and use polygraph results in case planning. Further, SOMU plans to develop a policy for the training and use of the polygraph; and 3) To develop a study design for the evaluation of data resulting from the polygraph surveys.