Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $2,701,012)
The Recovery Act Edward Byrne Memorial Competitive Grant Program (Byrne Competitive Program) will help communities improve the capacity of state and local justice systems and provide for national support efforts including training and technical assistance programs strategically targeted to address local needs. This competitive grant announcement focuses on initiatives in eight areas: 1) preventing and reducing violent crime through community-based data-driven approaches; 2) providing funding for neighborhood-based probation and parole officers; 3) reducing mortgage fraud and crime related to vacant properties; 4) hiring of civilian support personnel in law enforcement (training staff, analysts, dispatchers, etc.); 5) enhancing forensic and crime scene investigations; 6) improving resources and services for victims of crime; 7) supporting problem-solving courts; and 8) national training and technical assistance partnerships.
Under category 7, the Colorado State Judicial Department will be awarded $2,701,012 to support the Colorado Drug Court and DUI Court's Statewide Enhancement Project. Grant funds will be used to create 15 new Full Time Equivalent (FTE) probation officers, probation supervisors, support services staff, and drug court coordinators.
Major deliverables under this project include: 1) hiring eight probation officer FTEs, one probation officer supervisor FTE, and one support staff FTE dedicated to adult drug court and DUI court in Colorado; 2) hiring five drug court coordinator FTEs dedicated to drug court and DUI court in Colorado; 3) 15 percent (900) more offenders served through adult drug courts in Colorado; and 4) up to four nationally trained DUI operational drug court programs.