Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $12,763)
The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) allows states and units of local government, including tribes, to support a broad range of activities to prevent and control crime based on their own state and local needs and conditions. Grant funds can be used for state and local initiatives, technical assistance, training, personnel, equipment, supplies, contractual support, and information systems for criminal justice, including for any one or more of the following purpose areas: 1) law enforcement programs; 2) prosecution and court programs; 3) prevention and education programs; 4) corrections and community corrections programs; 5) drug treatment and enforcement programs; 6) planning, evaluation, and technology improvement programs; and 7) crime victim and witness programs (other than compensation).
Skagit County will use its FY 2010 JAG award to sponsor a Victim Offender Meeting Program (VOM). The county's goal is to provide a restorative conflict resolution process that actively involves victims and offenders in repairing the damage caused by crime. JAG funds will also fund one part-time staff person to develop a case management system, build referral partners, schedule and conduct VOM sessions, and track registrations for Victim-Offender Impact Competency Education (V.O.I.C.E).