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San Mateo County Women's Transitional Program

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)
Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $200,000)

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.

San Mateo County will establish a Women's Transitional Facility within the San Mateo County jail system to house minimum security female inmates participating in a Women's Work Furlough program. Currently, women in the Work Furlough program are housed in the maximum security facility, preventing them from the expected benefits of the program. Currently there is an absence of transitional preparation, and the switch from maximum freedom during the day to maximum confinement during the evening hours creastes stressful living conditions. In order to improve the transitional program, this project will offer women a work furlough experience that helps them transition from custody to the community, reduces overcrowding, and provides the elements that promote effective rehabilitation. San Mateo County will hire two female correctional officers to provide security and monitor programming for approximately 85 women annually who will be housed in the new separate work furlough accommodations.


Date Created: March 25, 2010