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Discovering Corrections Website Project

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $400,000)

This program is funded under both the Edward Byrne Memorial Competitive Grant Program (Byrne Competitive Program) and the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program. Authorized by the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2009 (Pub. L. 111-8), the Byrne Competitive Program helps local communities improve the capacity of state and local justice systems and provides for national support efforts including training and technical assistance programs strategically targeted to address local needs. The JAG Program (42 U.S.C. 3751(a)) is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions, and JAG funds support all components of the criminal justice system. The JAG Program authorization also states that 'the Attorney General may reserve not more than 5 percent, to be granted to 1 or more States or units of local government, for 1 or more of the purposes specified in section 3751 of this title, pursuant to his determination that the same is necessary'(1) to combat, address, or otherwise respond to precipitous or extraordinary increases in crime, or in a type or types of crime' (42 U.S.C. 3756).

The Enhancing Institutional and Community Corrections Grant Program, administered by the Office of Justice Programs' (OJP) Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), helps improve criminal justice systems and provides national programs and efforts, such as training and technical assistance, to address the specific needs of state and local justice systems and communities.

The Council of State Governments will establish and populate a nationally oriented web site designed to be the recognized locus for information relating to available positions in correctional agencies across the country at both the entry and advanced levels. The web site may provide for the posting of job announcements, display of information, and guidance targeting employee development as well as serving as a source of general information about correctional programs and services. In addition, the web site will include information on promising practices and strategies which address the recruitment, hiring, retention, and career advancement of staff. This site may be modeled after the successful development and launch of the discoverpolicing.org web site.


Date Created: September 15, 2009