Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $400,000)
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 Newark continues to develop innovative solutions and community partnerships to address the needs of its ex-offender population. In order to enhance the strategic capacity of existing service providers and coordinate the growing need within its communities, grant funds will be used to support reentry priorities including employment for ex-offenders and accountability of reentry service providers. Newark City seeks to eliminate barriers to employment through legal services offered through a contractual agreement with a service provider. The program implemented by the service provider will assist persons with criminal records in handling legal matters, including expungement, license reinstatement, and child support obligations.