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Family Justice Center of the Midlands - Security Enhancement

Award Information

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Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)
Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $100,000)

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 Omaha will use this award to fund the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council's (DVCC) Family Justice Center of the Midlands (FJCM). The FJCM opened March 31, 2010 and they have only implemented basic security measures. The FJCM will install a distress alarm system, set up a card-access control system, install a bullet-resistant security wall, increase the number of security cameras at the Center, and install peepholes and windows in the Center's rooms and doors so that staff and visitors can see anyone on the other side. This award will also be used to pay for an identification card printer so that staff and clients may be easily recognized as authorized employees and visitors.

The FJCM will also use this award to pay for supplies needed for operations. Computers will be purchased for victims' use in responding to referrals and webcams will be purchased for victims to interact with victim services agencies that are offsite.


Date Created: September 1, 2010