This awardee has received supplemental funding. This award detail page includes information about both the original award and supplemental awards.
Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $861,519)
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) 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 National Initiative: Encouraging Innovation: Field-Initiated Programs is designed to strengthen the criminal justice system by challenging those in the field to identify and define emerging or chronic systemic issues faced by one or more components of the criminal justice continuum (includes but not limited to law enforcement, corrections, courts, and community collaborations) and to propose innovative solutions to address these issues.
The Vera Institute of Justice will develop a national knowledge bank for cost-benefit analysis, in criminal justice to help practitioners and policymakers better understand the budgetary impact of criminal justice policy choices. To advance these goals, the Vera Institute of Justice will create a website to act as an information clearinghouse and center of a community of practice; develop an array of original materials for the website; facilitate roundtable discussions on criminal justice and cost benefit analysis; and provide general education and training to criminal justice practitioners and policymakers.
The Vera Institute of Justice will continue to expand the national Knowledge Bank for Cost-Benefit Analysis in Criminal Justice "CBKB" to help practitioners and policymakers better understand the economic impacts of criminal justice policy choices. To advance these goals, CBKB will deliver targeted technical assistance focused on building Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) capacity for select States, local jurisdictions, and/or criminal justice organizations; develop high-level, BJA co-branded publications on CBA; coordinate, facilitate, and document roundtables and working group meetings on CBA topics; develop, facilitate, and host CBA related trainings, workshops, and webinars; present CBA related material at conferences, workshops, and other forums; and continue to update, add resources and materials, and enhance the CBKB.org project website.