FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEBJA
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 3, 1997202/307-0703

BJA PROVIDES $3.7 MILLION TO 37 JURISDICTIONS

TO TEST INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS TO LOCAL PROBLEMS

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has awarded grants totaling $3.7 million to test approaches to reducing crime and encouraging collaboration in the criminal justice system. BJA made these grants to 37 local communities under its first-ever open solicitation for innovative concepts to respond to problems BJA identified in four key areas. BJA received over 1,700 proposals from virtually every state.

For example, the Maryland State's Attorney's Office in Baltimore will develop a witness security system program in response to hundreds of incidents of witness intimidation in recent years, which have interfered with the swift prosecution of chronic offenders. In San Francisco, the Judicial Council of the Courts will help truant and runaway children by linking courts, families and volunteers through a Family Assessment and Intervention Resource Center. The center will be a judicially supervised, non-adversarial program that will offer prompt, community-based prevention, intervention and treatment services in a neighborhood setting.

"We asked the field for new, innovative ideas and they responded in force," said BJA Director Nancy Gist. "We received concept papers from police, the courts, prosecutors, pre-trial services, defenders, and other criminal justice officials representing virtually every segment of the criminal justice system. While limited funding will permit BJA to fund only 37 of these proposed programs, the ideas received from those applicants that did not receive awards will also be valuable because we will use the information gathered from the proposals to help form our discretionary funding policies in Fiscal Year 1998, and to provide this information to other components of the criminal justice system."

Jurisdictions were invited to submit concept papers under four categories: issues in law enforcement, issues in the adjudication process, issues in rural communities, and issues in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Each category included three or four topic areas the proposed initiatives could address. Each topic area addressed specific problems identified within the four categories.

BJA made 11 awards to American Indiana or Alaska Native communities Many of the programs combine tribal justice approaches with traditional law enforcement techniques to better serve the communities and make them safer.

"We're glad that we are able to work with American Indians and Alaska Native communities through this innovative program," added Gist. "These communities face very challenging law enforcement and criminal justice problems that sometimes require unique responses. This program provides us with an excellent opportunity to work closely with American Indian and Alaska Native grantees to develop creative initiatives that can be replicated in tribal jurisdictions nationwide."

To ensure objective evaluation of the proposals, BJA enlisted the help of almost 200 criminal justice practitioners from across the country, who reviewed the proposals and made recommendations to BJA officials regarding which proposals should receive funding.

For additional information about the Open Solicitation or BJA, visit its website at: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bja

For additional information about OJP or its other bureaus and programs, visit the OJP website at: http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov

Individual project summaries are available for each grant award. To obtain a copy of a summary or summaries, please contact Doug Johnson or James Phillips at 202/307-0703.

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After hours page Doug Johnson at 1-888/582-6753

FY 1997 BUREAU OF JUSTICE ASSISTANCE OPEN SOLICITATION AWARDS

STATE
GRANTEE
AMOUNT
PROGRAM PURPOSE
CONTACT
PHONE
AK
Yupiit of Andreafski $ 50,000 Substance Abuse Prevention for Minors Gail Alstrom
907/438-2312
AK
Alaska Court System $108,934 Witness Intimiddation/Participation Stephanie J. Cole
907/264-0547
AZ
Pascua Yaqui Tribe $ 50,000 Juveniles Charged As Adults Steve August
520/883-5190
AZ
Pima County Superior Court $150,000 Gang Prevention Kim M. Holloway
520/740-3310
AZ
West Ends Residents Org. $ 50,000 Witness Intimidation/Participation Joyce Lopez
520/550-2883
CA
Fresno Co. District Attorney $150,000 Witness Intimidation/Participation Steve Polack
209/488-3141
CA
Judicial Council of the Courts $150,000 Strengthening Court/Community Relationship Dianne Nunn
415/396-9284
CA
Vacaville Police Dept. $137,830 Witness Intimidation/Participation Lt. Ed Goldberg
707/449-5277
FL
Orange County $150,000 Substance Abusers with Mental Health Problems Robert Spivey
407/836-7370
FL
Leon Co. Circuit Court $150,000 Improving Case Processing and Court Administration John Stott
904/921-4328
GA
Chatham Co. District Attorney $ 62,848 Witness Intimidation/Participation Spencer Lawton, Jr.
912/652-7308
GA
Randolph Co. Commission $ 73,000 Cost-Effective Alternatives to Incarceration Larry J. Kearley
706/596-5525
IA
5th Judicial District $ 30,045 Community-Based Partnerships to Prevent Crime and Violences Beth Lenstra
515/242-6585
IA
5th Judicial District Dept. Of Correctional Services $ 74,806 Cost-Effective Alternatives to Incarceration James Hancock
515/242-6582
STATE
GRANTEE
AMOUNT
PROGRAM PURPOSE
CONTACT
PHONE
LA
Vidalia District Attorney $ 75,000 Cost-Effective Alternatives to Incarceration Madaline C. Gibbs
318/336-5526
ME
Maine Judicial Department $146,639 Improving Case Processing and Court Administration James T. Glessner
207/822-0792
MD
Baltimore State's Attorney's Office $150,000 Witness Intimidation/Participation Haven Kodeck
410/396-4646
MI
Little River Band of Ottawa Indians $150,000 Strengthening Court/Community Relationship William J. Brooks
616/723-8761
MN
Mille Lacs Band $ 50,000 Cost-Effective Alternatives to Incarceration James Genia
320/532-4181
MN
Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians $ 49,995 Cost-Effective Alternatives to Incarceration Wanda L. Lyons
218/679-3303
MO
St. Louis Police Department $150,000 Law Enforcement/Prosecution Coordination Larry Pattison
314/444-5771
MT
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes $ 75,000 Community-Based Partnerships to Prevent Crime and Violences Jacque A. Morigeau
406/675-2700
MT
Chippewa Cree Tribe $ 50,000 Preventing Substance Abuse by Minors Robert Gopher
406/395-4207
NM
Pueblo of Jemez $ 50,000 Cost-Effective Alternatives to Incarceration Vincent Toya
505/834-7539
NM
Sante Fe Police Department $150,000 Meeting the Special Needs of Certain Individuals Involved in the Criminal Justice System Lt. Kim Koomoa
505/473-5053
NM
New Mexico Office of Indian Affairs $150,000 Juveniles Charged As Adults David R. Schmidt
505/242-2726
NV
Clark Co. Public Defenders Office $ 74,952 Addressing Regional Problems Through Technology or Resource Sharing Robert D. Larsen
702/455-4685
STATE
GRANTEE
AMOUNT
PROGRAM PURPOSE
CONTACT
PHONE
NY
Niagara Co. Sheriff's Dept. $137,236 Law Enforcement/Prosecution Coordination James A. Wesolowski
716/438-3331
NY
New York City Office of the Mayor $150,000 Juveniles Charged As Adults Jennifer Schultz
212/788-6822
NC
Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians $ 50,000 Gang Prevention Gene Crowe, Jr.
704/497-9208
OH
Howland Township $ 68,026 Improving Case Processing and Court Administration John D. Emmanuel
330/856-2340
OR
Portland Police Bureau $149,997 Meeting the Special Needs of Certain Individuals Involved in the Criminal Justice System Sheryl Lahey
503/823-0259
TX
Boerne Independent School District $ 75,000 Community-Based Partnerships to Prevent Crime and Violence Mellie Bergman
210/537-4750
WA
Longview Police Department $104,500 Law Enforcement/Prosecution Coordination Robert Burgreen
360/425-0249
WV
State of West Virginia $150,000 Juveniles Charged As Adults Tammy Collins
304/558-8814
WV
Glenville State College $ 75,000 Addressing Regional Problems Through Technology or Resource Sharing Wilard M. Oliver
304/462-7361
WI
HoChunk Nation $ 50,000 Cost-Effective Alternatives to Incarceration Georgia Lonetree
715/284-7548

Total: $3,718,808