CONSENT AGENDA REQUEST

Sponsor:

Board of Supervisors Meeting Date: 

Paul S. McCulla, County Administrator

May 14, 2009

Staff Lead:

Department: 

Ari J. Sky, Director

Office of Management and Budget

Topic: 

A Resolution Authorizing An Application For Edward Byrne Memorial Competitive Grant Funding From The U.S. Department Of Justice on Behalf of the Piedmont Dispute Resolution Council (PDRC)

Topic Description:

Stimulus funding is available through the Edward Byrne Memorial Competitive Grant Program, one component of which provides money to improve resources and services for victims of crime.  The PDRC works closely with victims of crime and the criminal justice system by providing an opportunity for victims to speak directly to offenders in a safe, controlled environment.  These face-to-face, facilitated meetings help offenders understand the implications and impacts of their behaviors, and to take responsibility for what they have done.  Studies have shown that participants in restorative justice conferences such as these have a reduced rate of repeat offenses, thereby reducing the burden on the criminal justice system.

The proposed application requests funding for operating expenses for the Restorative Justice Program for two (2) years.  Currently, the majority of PDRC’s Restorative Justice funding is obtained through another Department of Justice (DOJ) grant, which will not be renewed this year.  Therefore, for PDRC to continue to provide support to the court systems and victims of crime, they must seek another funding source. 

A key component of the Recovery Act is job creation and retention; the requested funding would allow for the creation of a part-time position, and prevent Restorative Justice staff from losing their employment.  Award of this grant would provide PDRC funding to continue services to the court systems at the current level.

The County is applying on behalf of PDRC to facilitate the application process.

Requested Action of the Board of Supervisors: 

Consider adoption of the attached resolution.

Financial Impacts Analysis:

If awarded, the Byrne grant will fully fund the Restorative Justice Program of PDRC for two years. 

The total grant request is $277,121; no match is required.  If awarded, these funds are non-supplant; awarded funding must be used to supplement existing funds for PDRC, and must not replace funds that have been appropriated for that purpose.  

Identify any other Departments, Organizations or Individuals that would be affected by this request:

Piedmont Dispute Resolution Center

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