Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $500,000)
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 National Center for State Courts (NCSC) will mitigate the impacts of the budget crisis on state courts and facilitate the improvement of court performance thereby providing better justice through products designed to help courts improve their performance in effective ways and also reengineer their business processes to achieve radical, long term improvements in efficiency for criminal cases. Specifically NCSC will provide principles to guide reengineering; provide best practices on court reengineering; provide training on reengineering best practices; provide direct technical assistance to state courts on reengineering; develop a framework that provides the concepts required to improve court performance; provide training on high performance best practices; provide national performance measures for appellate courts; and provide direct technical assistance to state courts on improving performance.