Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $663,462)
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 2, Arrowhead Regional Corrections (ARC) will use the FY 2009 Recovery Act Byrne Competitive funds for the ARC Reentry Initiative. The Arrowhead Regional Corrections (ARC) is a regional organization providing probation, parole, juvenile detention, and adult male detention services to five counties in northern Minnesota. The goals of the project are to: (1) reduce the recidivism rate by 10 percent for adult and juvenile probation clients; (2) reduce the use of jail beds; (3) preserve 4 probation/parole officer jobs; and, (4) reduce probation caseload sizes. The funds will be used to add four additional probation officers specializing in reentry duties, which will reduce existing caseloads. These caseloads will be capped at 30 high-to-medium risk clients. With added probation staff available to work with these clients as they reenter the community, the result will be a reduction of crime, a reduction in use of jail beds, and an overall cost savings to the system.