Federal Anti-Crime Grants Feature New Orleans, Women In System


The Justice Department has awarded $5.6 million for innovative anti-crime programs proposed by criminal justice organizations. Among the grant winners: Vera Institute of Justice, $467,960 to develop and operate New Orleans’ first pretrial services program; Center for Effective Public Policy, nearly $750,000 to set up a national resource center on women involved in the criminal justice system; Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, $750,000 to improve responses to witness intimidation and to close gaps in other neglected areas with training and technical assistance, and South Arkansas Substance Abuse, $750,000 to explore changes to sentencing practices that could help cut crime, reduce substance abuse and improve the capacity of the criminal justice system.

Other featured project grant winners include the American Bar Association, about $250,000 to develop a pocket guide of information for criminal justice system professionals about elder abuse; Georgia Southern University, about $150,000 to examine high-priority special prison populations and their managerial difficulties; Rand Corp., about $345,000 to develop strategies “to promote program sustainability by examining the transition of demonstration programs from initial federal funding to stable local funding”; George Mason University, nearly $750,000 for web-based tools that supplement traditional correctional and judicial academies to help build capacity; Justice Research and Statistics Association, $440,195 to create a practical tool for the agencies that administer anti-crime programs to sustain evidence-based practices; state of Tennessee, $335,418 to replicate successful violent crime reduction coalitions, and $641,000 to the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office to aid “decision-making using data-driven and case-specific policy.”

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