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Justice Resource Update. Advancing the Field of Criminal Justice. OCTOBER 2010
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Grant Season Finale: New Support for Public Safety

Office of Justice Programs SealFor all of us here at the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), September is the peak of grant awards season, and October is a time to reflect on what we have done in fiscal year 2010 and what we envision for 2011.

In fiscal year 2010, OJP made more than 5,000 grant awards to national, state, local, and tribal criminal and juvenile justice and victim service providers. These awards include a total of $2.6 billion to support public safety and justice initiatives in every part of the United States.

Every year, we work hard to develop innovative grant solicitations. For example, this year, we provided more than $5.6 million for field-initiated crime fighting strategies. These grants seek to strengthen the criminal justice system by challenging the field to identify emerging or chronic issues and develop innovative strategies for resolving them. Programs funded through this project will include a national resource center to manage women offenders, a national witness protection center, a smarter sentencing pilot project, a guide on legal issues related to elder abuse, a set of strategies to promote program sustainability, a performance-based prosecution project, and other initiatives.

In addition to new funding areas, we continued many of our most successful programs. The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program, for instance, will provide $455 million to support state and local criminal justice programs, including law enforcement; prosecution and courts; prevention and education; corrections and community corrections; drug treatment and enforcement; planning, evaluation, and technology improvement; and crime victim and witness initiatives. JAG funds give state and local jurisdictions the flexibility to address the most pressing needs in their communities.

President Obama’s fiscal year 2011 budget emphasizes a continued commitment to improving public safety, with a request of almost $3.1 billion for OJP. The request includes funding for research, evaluation, and statistical functions; training and technical assistance; and direct grants to state and local governments and organizations.

Bullet Grant Season Finale: New Support for Public Safety
Bullet Defending Childhood
Bullet Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation Awards Announced
Bullet Medal of Valor Recipients Honored
Bullet Promoting Cyber Security Awareness
Bullet Addressing Child Exploitation
Bullet South Dakota Implements SORNA
Bullet Evaluating Juvenile Justice Reform
Bullet Criminal Justice Technology Needs Assessment
Bullet Mark Your Calendar
Defending Childhood

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is defending an essential right—the right to a childhood free from violence. On September 23, 2010, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Defending Childhood, an initiative launched to address a national crisis: the exposure of America’s children to violence as victims and as witnesses. As part of the first phase of the initiative, DOJ awarded $5.5 million in grants for eight demonstration sites and for research, evaluation, public awareness, and partnerships.

A recent DOJ-funded study concluded that more than 60 percent of children in the United States have been exposed to violence, crime, or abuse in their homes, schools, and communities. The goals of the Defending Childhood initiative are to prevent exposure to violence, mitigate the negative impacts of exposure when it does occur, and develop knowledge and spread awareness about this issue. Defending Childhood will build on prior and ongoing efforts to protect children.

The President’s fiscal year 2011 budget request includes $37 million for this initiative.

Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation Awards Announced

Through the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS), DOJ awarded nearly $127 million to support the public safety initiatives of federally recognized Indian tribes. This new process was launched in direct response to tribal leaders who were concerned that DOJ’s grant-making procedures were too cumbersome. It encourages local collaboration and coordination on public safety and justice planning, and it combines the application process for tribes seeking federal grants.

CTAS is part of DOJ’s larger effort to partner with Native American communities to improve public safety. More information is available on the Tribal Justice and Safety Web site.

Medal of Valor Recipients Honored

On September 22, 2010, Vice President Joe Biden, Attorney General Eric Holder, and Assistant Attorney General Laurie Robinson honored this year’s Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor recipients.

The Medal of Valor is awarded annually by the President to public safety officers who have exhibited exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect human life. A complete list of this year’s honorees is available online.

Promoting Cyber Security Awareness

"Stop. Think. Connect." That’s the name of a new nationwide public-relations campaign, kicked off October 4 in honor of National Cyber Security Awareness Month. The goal of "Stop. Think. Connect." is to increase Americans’ awareness of security when they go online.

OJP is a member of a unique partnership supporting the campaign in which public and private groups—from Google to the Department of Homeland Security, from Intel to Visa to the Federal Trade Commission—have teamed up to motivate kids and adults alike to adopt a "second nature" about cyber security.

"Cyber-awareness is at the core of so much work that OJP agencies support," said Mary Lou Leary, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General. "Being a member of this exciting partnership allows us to think even more strategically about many of our prevention and training initiatives, like NetSmartz and Web Wise Kids, as well as our work with organizations like the National Crime Prevention Council."

"Stop. Think. Connect." will include a variety of strategies and tools to help Americans stay safer and more secure online, including an open competition to develop a video public service announcement. For more information on "Stop. Think. Connect." visit www.staysafeonline.com.

Addressing Child Exploitation

As part of the National Strategy for Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction announced by Attorney General Eric Holder in August, the U.S. Marshals Service is launching an operation targeting the nation’s 500 most dangerous noncompliant sex offenders. DOJ has also relaunched the Web site of Project Safe Childhood, an initiative that combats the proliferation of technology-facilitated sexual exploitation crimes against children.

To support the National Strategy, OJP recently awarded four grants totaling $1.2 million to support the development of strategies that protect children from commercial and sexual exploitation. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) will administer the awards.

OJJDP also provides support for 61 regional Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces. In fiscal year 2010, these task forces received $30 million to fight Internet crimes against children, including technology-facilitated enticement and child pornography.

South Dakota Implements SORNA

South Dakota recently substantially implemented the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), Title I of the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006. South Dakota joins the States of Ohio, Delaware, and Florida; the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation; and the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation as jurisdictions that have substantially implemented SORNA.

South Dakota has been actively working with OJP’s Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) to meet the requirements of SORNA. The SMART Office has added staff, increased outreach efforts, developed resources, and issued documents to provide further guidance and direction to SORNA jurisdictions as they continue their implementation efforts.

Evaluating Juvenile Justice Reform

With funding from OJJDP, the National Academy of Sciences will conduct a 2-year study to assess the impact of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974 and OJJDP’s implementation of the Act. The study will analyze OJJDP’s activities to implement the legislative mandates in the Act and make recommendations to advance theory and research and to improve state and federal policies targeted at the safe and fair treatment of juveniles. The committee overseeing the Assessing Juvenile Justice Reform project held its first public meeting on August 4–5, 2010, in Washington, D.C.

Criminal Justice Technology Needs Assessment

The National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ) assessments of the highest priority needs of the criminal justice community are laid out in a recently updated booklet called High-Priority Criminal Justice Technology Needs 2010.

NIJ serves as the national focal point for criminal justice technology. NIJ-funded technology research and development efforts are focused on finding new tools and refining existing ones to make them safer and more effective. Some of the most important products resulting from these efforts include the soft body armor worn by law enforcement and corrections officers today and tools for collecting digital evidence from computers and cell phones, as well as the means for processing damaged and degraded DNA samples.

But tools and technologies in themselves are not enough. They must be integrated with appropriate policies and practices. That is why NIJ uses a cross-discipline, collaborative approach to set priorities and help scientists understand the needs of the field. The complete report is available online.


National Congress of American Indians

The National Congress of American Indians is being held on November 14–19, 2010, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Sessions will include workshops on the Tribal Law and Order Act and research that benefits tribal communities. Registration is open and available online.

American Society of Criminology Meeting

On November 17–20, 2010, in San Francisco, California, the American Society of Criminology will hold its annual meeting. This meeting will cover all aspects of criminal and juvenile justice and crime research. Online registration is available.

Personal Protective Equipment Conference

NIJ and the Technical Support Working Group will highlight emerging technologies for personal protective equipment during the 2010 conference, exhibition, and training in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, on November 30–December 3, 2010. Meeting attendees should include firefighters, law enforcement officers, hazardous materials and bomb technicians, researchers and developers, and other interested professionals. Online registration is available.

National Indian Nations Conference: Justice for Victims of Crime

The Office for Victims of Crime invites Native American victims, victim advocates, tribal leaders, victim service providers, prosecutors, judicial and law enforcement personnel, and other interested parties to join them on December 9–11, 2010, in Palm Springs, California, for this conference that will honor victims and promote safety, justice, and healing in tribal communities. Registration is available online.

OJP Grant Awards

OJP’s Web site includes a list of all grant awards made in fiscal year 2010.

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