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Legal Issues Related to Elder Abuse Pocket Guide Project

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $249,054)

This program is funded through a training and technical assistance appropriation authorized by the Department of Justice Appropriations Act of 2010, (Pub. L. 111-117). Under this appropriation, "up to 3 percent of funds made available to the Office of Justice programs for grants or reimbursement may be used to provide training and technical assistance." Pub. L. 111-117. 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). 42 U.S.C. 3751(a).

The Encouraging Innovation: Field-Initiated Programs is designed to strengthen the criminal justice system by challenging those in the field to identify and define emerging or chronic systemic issues faced by one or more components of the criminal justice continuum (includes but not limited to law enforcement, corrections, courts, and community collaborations) and to propose innovative solutions to address these issues.

The American Bar Association, Fund For Justice And Education will improve justice system professionals' and policymakers' knowledge about elder abuse. It will develop, disseminate, and support state-specific replication of the Pocket Guide on Legal Issues Related to Elder Abuse. The Fund For Justice And Education will provide technical assistance to six demonstration projects that will adapt the pocket guide to reflect their state's laws and resources.


Date Created: September 22, 2010