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Southern Illinois Meth Initiative

Award Information

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Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $100,000)

The Congressionally Selected Awards Program, authorized by the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009 (Pub. L. 111-8), helps improve the functioning of the criminal justice system, prevent or combat juvenile delinquency, and/or assist victims of crime (other than compensation). Funds should be used for the projects selected by Congress, in the amounts specified in the joint explanatory statement incorporated by reference into Pub. L. 111-8, and generally consistent with one or more of the following statutory purposes: improving the functioning of the criminal justice system, preventing or combating juvenile delinquency, or assisting victims of crime (other than compensation). Each of these purposes is framed using language drawn, respectively, from the former Byrne discretionary statute, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, the Victims of Crime Act, and the Violence Against Women Act. This project is authorized and funded through a line item in the FY 09 Congressional Budget and by the joint explanatory statement that is incorporated by reference into the FY09 Omnibus Appropriations Act.

The John A. Logan College is assisting the Williamson County Sheriff's Department with several anti-meth and anti-pharmaceutical drug abuse initiatives. The grant is designed to support a law enforcement effort to track the use of pseudoephedrine (PSE) sales in order to reduce the number of persons obtaining this drug to manufacture methamphetamine (METH). The funds will be used to eliminate "smurfing" in six southern Illinois counties through the use of the tracking program and will eventually provide access to the system outside of the six counties. The project will also train pharmacists, law enforcement officers, and community members and will cover costs for presenters, training materials and equipment, office and meeting expenses, and research and evaluation of the program. It is believed that the amount of illegal METH being produced in southern Illinois will be significantly reduced and the negative impact on this rural community will be significantly reduced also.


Date Created: September 20, 2009