Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $300,000)
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 County of Pinellas will develop coordinated approaches to reintegrating and stabilizing ex-offenders returning to communities within the county. The program strategy will build upon successful programs that enhance collaboration and reentry services for ex-offenders. The Pinellas County Justice and Consumer Services will hire a reentry coordinator to develop a central data system for coordinated reentry services. They will also hire program staff who will work to address ex-offender clients' reentry needs for greater stabilization and success. The goal is to provide targeted reentry navigation that connects the client with existing programs to maximize the chances for success.