Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $1,200,000)
The Congressionally Recommended Awards Program, authorized by the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2010 (Pub. L. 111-117), 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 recommended by Congress, in the amounts specified in the joint explanatory statement incorporated by reference into Pub. L. 111-117, 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 2010 Congressional Budget and by the joint explanatory statement that is incorporated by reference into the FY2010 Department of Justice Appropriations Act.
The City of Los Angeles will support its efforts to combat gang activities. Through the grant, the city will expand services provided by its Gang Reduction and Youth Development Program. Specific objectives will include reducing gang-related crimes; increasing safety and access to public services for communities plagued with high crime and gang activity; educating youth, parents, school staff, and community members on effective strategies to reduce gang membership; diversion programs for active gang members; and prevention programs for youth. Community-based organizations will be selected to provide the intervention services. Funds will also be directed to develop an intake tool that will identify the most at-risk youth who are in need of program participation.
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