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Skills for Offender Assessment and Responsivity in New Goals

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $749,898)

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, 2010 (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 (a)) 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 (b)).

The 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 George Mason University will implement the "Skills for Offender Assessment and Responsivity in New Goals" (SOARING-2) project to create a suite of web-based tools that can facilitate development of knowledge and skills to sustain evidence-based practices (EBPs). The goal is to provide SOARING-2 tools that supplement traditional correctional and judicial academies. George Mason University will provide technical assistance in skill development for individual staff and agencies to facilitate the sustainability of evidence-based practices. It will provide innovative tools to assist staff in managing offender reentry. This project is designed to do the following: increase declarative knowledge, procedural knowledge, and strategic knowledge of professionals in a manner that involves cognitive, interpersonal, and psychomotor skills or tasks and to evaluate impacts on outcomes in select probation settings.


Date Created: September 19, 2010