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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 City of Cotton Plant will use its FY 2009 Congressionally Selected Award funds to implement an in school and after school program to combat the use of drugs and crime. Regularly scheduled meetings will consist of the police, community groups, court prosecutors, social services, and probation officers. The project strategy and design will be implemented by forming a neighborhood watch, citizen's volunteer program, having a citizen's advisory group to work with the law enforcement agencies, and implementing a citizen's patrol within the community. Other crime prevention activities will include: conducting door-to-door contact with citizens and businesses and meeting with community leaders and groups on a monthly basis to learn about crime problems and jointly develop crime prevention plans. On a bi-annual basis, the police department will visit the elementary school to educate the children about drugs, their use, and the effect they have on them and the community.


Date Created: September 20, 2009