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Resource Center on Women Involved in the Criminal Justice System

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $749,994)

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 Center For Effective Public Policy will establish a national Resource Center on Women Involved in the Criminal Justice System. The overall goal of this initiative is to support and enhance the capacities, strategies, and skills of state and local criminal justice agencies to manage women offenders in an evidence-based and gender-informed manner to reduce recidivism, and ultimately, to achieve more successful outcomes.


Date Created: September 21, 2010