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AI- 9229   3. O.    
Commissioners Court - Regular
Meeting Date: 02/07/2018  
Resolution-Monitoring Offenders Against Women Project
Submitted By: Natalie Eckstrom, Grants Department
Department: Grants Department  

Adopt a resolution authorizing the submission of an application to the Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division for the Monitoring Offenders Against Women Project.
The goal of the Criminal Justice Division (CJD) is to provide needed funding to improve public safety and support victims of crime by filling system gaps and promoting innovative solutions to common problems. CJD is accepting applications for projects that promote a coordinated, multidisciplinary approach to improving the criminal justice systems response to violent crimes against women, including domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking.
On October 28, 2015, the Commissioners Court accepted an award for the Violence Against Women Formula grant. The grant project was for GPS monitors to be assigned to indigent defendants whom judges put on pretrial conditions of bond while they are awaiting trial. The grant award totaled $50,000 with no required cash match. The program has been working well and the departments involved applied for additional funding to continue and possibly expand the program.

On October 26, 2016, the Commissioners Court accepted a continuation award of $32,500 with the County’s share as $17,500, for a total project award of $50,000. A third grant was awarded to the County for $115,326.54.

The proposed resolution is in support of a grant application for the program’s continued funding. The application is currently being developed and the budget is anticipated to either remain at $115,000 or slightly increase to $150,000 as previous expenses are being reviewed at this time.

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Resolution-Monitoring Offenders Against Women Project

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