Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2007, $250,000)
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 County of Monterey, California, will utilize Fiscal Year 2007 CASOM Category I Planning funds to implement a prevention and intervention program for juvenile sex offenders that will ensure all cited offenders are identified and directed to either treatment, or the legal process that will result in treatment. This program is based on the premise that sex offenders often begin their behavior in early adolescence and, if not stopped, may result in hundreds of victims throughout their lives. A Juvenile Sex Offender Response Team (JSORT), comprised of representatives from county agencies, law enforcement, community-based organizations, data experts, and the private sector, was formed to provide programmatic guidance and assistance in moving the project through the implementation phase.