Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $550,000)
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 City of Los Angeles will use funding to continue a gang reduction program in the Boyle Heights community of Los Angeles. The program incorporates a comprehensive and collaborative approach to reducing gang crime and violence starting with an inventory and integration of existing community services and the application of best-practices and evidence-based prevention, intervention, reentry, and suppression programs. Due to the success of the Boyle Heights model, as well as the need for additional services, the Mayor of Los Angeles called for the establishment of Gang Reduction and Youth Development Zones (GRYD) throughout Los Angeles in areas of high gang violence, including the continuation of services in Boyle Heights. In order to accomplish these project goals, the City of Los Angeles will continue contracting with non-profit and government organizations to provide direct social services in Boyle Heights.