Victims of Juenvile Offenders (VOJO)

General Information
Program/Project Name: Victims of Juvenile Offenders Project (VOJO)

Funding Category: Improving Public Safety

Program Description
Federal Grant Name: 2009-2011 ARRA JAG: Victim of Juvenile Offenders (VOJO) Project

Programs Supported Through Funding: To support the continuation of Victims of Juvenile Offenders (VOJO) Programs.

Why Apply for this Grant?
Maintain six (6) existing FJD positions in the Juvenile Probation Department and to ensure meeting the minimum service standards established by PCCD, as outlined in the new Consolidated Victim Services Program Standards.

Program Objectives: Provide essential services post adjudication, city-wide, to all victims of crime.

Use of Funds: The goal of the VOJO Program is to support the full range of rights and responsibilities as delineated in the Crime Victims Act. Preserve the current number of Victim Advocates in the Victim Services Unit.

Quarterly Activities: During this quarter we provided services in accordance to the Crime Victims Act – Victims of Juvenile Offenders. We provide services at the diversion to an informal adjustment stage and the post-disposition stage. We continue to work closely with the Probation Officers, restitution units and District Attorney’s office to provide the required and requested services. We continue to work collaboratively with other counties on transfer cases. We continue to meet with victims in the Victim/Witness waiting room to advise of our services, victim notification cards and accompany them or assist them if there given every morning to staff in all the delinquent courtrooms (5-7 courtrooms). This is to prevent cases being discharged with restitution balances. We were and continue to be in the process of converting to the statewide computerized JCMS -Juvenile Court Management System. This has required meetings with the JCJC staff to ensure the needs of this victim event in the Family Court House. With the change to CPCMS with the fiscal matters, we are also responsible for restitution checks returned or on hold due to bad addresses. We must locate current addresses so the checks can ultimately be sent to the victims.

Actual # of FTE jobs created for the quarter*:

Q8: 4.50

Q9: 5.08

Q10: 5.00

*In the City of Philadelphia’s quarterly federal report, also know as Section 1512 reports, jobs are calculated based on hours worked, instead of the number of people at work. It also looks only at jobs funded directly by the Recovery Act, and does not include jobs created indirectly. Direct jobs are counted quarterly and are not cumulative.

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