Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $258,000)
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 American Library Association will use its grant funds to proactively educate children and parents/guardians on the topics of internet safety, abduction, and targeted school violence. The project will support the 'All Kids Count' program which produces educational films for children and families on the topics of internet predators, abduction, and targeted school violence. The goal of the program is to distribute the educational films to schools and public libraries, the internet, and other free venues. The program is designed to help children and families become aware of and prepared to prevent and respond to these crimes.