Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $250,000)
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 University of Illinois at Chicago will support outreach workers for the Chicago Project for Violence Prevention (CPVP) Project CeaseFire in the Roseland community. The goals of CeaseFire are to change community norms regarding violence, provide alternatives to violence when youth and others in the community are making risky behavior decisions, and increase awareness of the perceived risks and costs of involvement in violence among high-risk youth. Ceasefire's model draws on proven public health techniques: (1) identification and detection of the highest risk; (2) interruption of conflicts likely to escalate into violence and risk reduction for the highest risk individuals; and (3) change behaviors and norms that perpetuate violence. Progress will be measured by engaging high-risk individuals in services and resources and moving participants along a positive path from violence.