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DC Receives & Applies for Justice Recovery Act Funds

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  • Chairman, 5D Citizens' Advisory Council
    The District has received federal stimulus funds from the Department of Justice and has applied for additional funding. Robert Robert Vinson Brannum Chairman,
    Message 1 of 1 , May 3, 2009
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      The District has received federal stimulus funds from the Department of Justice and has applied for additional funding.

       

      Robert

       

      Robert Vinson Brannum

      Chairman, 5th District Citizens' Advisory Council, Inc. - www.5dcac.org

       

       

      1.     District Receives Recovery Act Funds for Assistance to Victims of Crime

       

      The District Office of Victim Services (“OVS”) has received $539,000 in Federal Stimulus funds from the US Department of Justice. OVS is the District agency that is responsible for developing and implementing the District’s comprehensive system of care for crime victims.

       

      The funds will be made available on a competitive basis to system- and community-based victim service providers for projects and programs that:  respond to the emotional and physical needs of crime victims; assist primary and secondary victims of crime to stabilize their lives after victimization; and assist victims to understand and participate in the criminal justice system.

       

      Grants will help organizations offset personnel costs associated with individuals who provide direct services to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, and survivors of homicide, in accord with the dual objectives of this program and the Recovery Act, which are job creation/retention and victim assistance.

       

      For more information, contact Melissa Hook, Director of the Office of Victim Services, at (202) 724-7216.

       

       

      2.     District Applies for $11.7 M in Recovery Justice Grants

       

      The District's Justice Grants Administration (JGA) applied on March 11, 2009 for $11,741,539 in recovery funds from the US Department of Justice's Byrne Justice Assistance Grant. The District will use these funds for several priorities including:

      ·         Prisoner re-entry

      ·         Evidence-based services for adjudicated youth

      ·         Detention and incarceration diversion initiatives

      ·         Criminal and juvenile justice research

      ·         Evaluation, data and technology capacity building; and

      ·         Court diversion services for at-risk youth and status offenders 

      These funds are disbursed by the federal government on a formula-driven basis and should be available to the District within 30-60 days. In April, JGA will be releasing Requests for Applications to identify community-based organizations and other District and federal agency partners who can help work on these priorities.

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      3.     District’s Office of Victim Services (OVS) Applies for Funds

       

      The District’s Office of Victim Services (OVS) applied on March 17, 2009 for $1,345,053 in Recovery Act funds from the Office for Victims of Crime and the Office on Violence Against Women, US Department of Justice. The District will use these funds to work on the following priorities including:

      ·         responding to the emotional and physical needs of crime victims

      ·         assisting victims of crime to stabilize their lives after a victimization

      ·         assisting victims to understand and participate in the District’s criminal justice process

      ·         encouraging the development and strengthening effective, victim-centered law enforcement, prosecution and court strategies to combat violent crimes against women

      ·         developing and enhancing District victim services that address violence against women

      These funds are distributed by the federal government on a formula-driven basis and should be available to the District in 30-60 days. In April, OVS will be releasing Requests for Applications to identify agencies and organizations interesting in working on the identified priorities. 

       

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      4.     District Agencies Apply for Over $5 Million in Stimulus Grants for Crime Control, Youth Violence Prevention, Victim Assistance

       

      The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS) have submitted six applications to the US Department of Justice funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for a number of high-priority law enforcement and juvenile justice related projects. The applications, which requested funding in excess of $5 million, are summarized below.

       

      5.     Support for TEAM-DC, a Local-Federal Law Enforcement Task Force to Combat Violent Crime

      Lead Agency:  Metropolitan Police Department
      Requested amount:  $1,006,803
      Project Focus:  Staffing and technology enhancements for “TEAM-DC,” an innovative antiviolence initiative being used to reduce crime in the District’s most at-risk communities. The funding request includes interview and interrogation training, cell phone tracking technology, and additional crime trend analysis.

       

      6.     Increased Supervision and Support for Court-Involved Youth Residing in the Community

      Lead Agency:  Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services
      Requested amount:  $627,447
      Project Focus:  Reducing case manager-to-youth ratio for supervision of highest-need young offenders, to include intensive oversight and management of supportive services, frequent contacts with family, school, etc., and increased engagement with community groups.

       

      7.     Reducing Mortgage Fraud and Other Crimes Related to Vacant Properties

      Lead Agency: Metropolitan Police Department
      Requested amount:  $355,341
      Project Focus: Training and certification support for Financial Crimes Unit officers, new technology for detection of mortgage-related fraud, and grants for community groups seeking to address crime and disorder issues in neighborhoods with large numbers of foreclosed properties.

       

      8.     Increased Capacity for Threat Analysis and Police Policy Development

      Lead Agency: Metropolitan Police Department
      Requested amount:  $1,346,939
      Project Focus: Hiring of intelligence fusion analysts to analyze and disseminate data collected by the Washington Regional Threat Analysis Center as part of its Suspicious Activity Report project, as well as a police policy expert to help update MPD policy directives and guidance.

       

      9.     Enhancing Forensic and Crime Scene Investigations

      Lead Agency: Metropolitan Police Department
      Requested amount:  $2,063,173
      Project Focus: Expansion of forensic firearms examination staff to reduce backlog of firearm-related evidence awaiting analysis and hiring of several new civilian crime scene investigators.

       

      10.Improving Resources and Services for Victims of Crime

      Lead Agency: Metropolitan Police Department
      Requested amount:  $594,199
      Project Focus: Funding for three victim specialist positions serving family members and other secondary victims of “cold case” homicides.

       

       

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