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Knowledge Building for the Reentry Field

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)
Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $500,000)

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 Fortune Society and the Prisoner Reentry Institute at John Jay College of Criminal Justice are undertaking a project that will increase the ability and enhance the knowledge base of government agencies and community-based organizations working to successfully reintegrate formerly incarcerated individuals across the country. This project will develop tools for various stakeholders to engage communities in the prisoner reentry discussion. Specifically, this project will engage a broad and diverse range of stakeholders in the Harlem community to identify and work towards addressing common reentry issues that affect the entire community.


Date Created: September 1, 2009