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DOJ Awards Corrections Grant

WARWICK, RI - August 17, 2006 – Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) today announced Department of Justice funding for the Rhode Island Department of Corrections. The funding comes through the DOJ's Comprehensive Approaches to Sex Offender Management Grant Program. "I have always supported programs that help the community recover from the aftermath of crime," said Langevin. "This award will allow the Corrections Department to build upon its existing programs and provide for safer neighborhoods."

The RIDOC will receive $177,197 to help enhance its existing community collaborations and information sharing. The funding will also permit RIDOC to strengthen its professional ties among all involved in case management, supervision and relapse prevention services for adults and juvenile sex offenders throughout the state.

"This grant will allow the DOC and the Rhode Island Sex Offender Management Task Force to build on its accomplishments," said A.T. Wall, Director of the RIDOC. "With coordination assistance from Day One, our plan is to focus on developing and implementing a statewide training program for those who provide case management, supervision and treatment of sex offenders. We are grateful for this support as we seek to fulfill our public safety mission."

Day One, formerly the Sexual Assault & Trauma Resource Center, provides services to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and other violent crimes and educates the public throughout the state.

The Comprehensive Approaches to Sex Offender Management Grant Program is authorized under the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994. These grants are awarded to state and local agencies with the jurisdiction to develop or enhance sex offender management practices for offenders under community supervision.

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