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National Network of Science and Technology Resource Judges Project

Award Information

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Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)
Original Solicitation

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 Advanced Science and Technology Adjudication Resource Project (ASTAR) seeks to reduce the gap between courts and science and advance knowledge tools at the disposal of the courts. ASTAR will expand a specially trained network of science and technology resource judges sufficient to cover the national, state, and territorial courts. Additionally, they will provide technical assistance services to court jurisdictions to sustain an interface among courts, independent scientific centers, and science and technology information providers that improves the quality of justice adjudicated in criminal and juvenile justice cases. ASTAR's project-based direct training, technical assistance services, and sub-grants will strengthen the criminal justice system with current characterizations of state-of-the-court-related sciences and identification of technologies being readied for case introduction in the next five years.


Date Created: August 16, 2010