Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $170,000)
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.
Utah State University will use the FY 2010 Congressionally Selected Award for a Prevention Plus project. The Prevention Plus project will focus on preventing and combating juvenile delinquency by providing skills and support for local schools to identify and effectively intervene with at-risk youth. The project will provide school faculty members with comprehensive training, ensure school-wide collection of academic benchmark data, identify students at greatest risk for school failure and juvenile delinquency, ensure collection of progress monitoring data for students identified as at-risk, and improve school faculty members' ability to make data-based decisions.