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Graduate Degree:Harvard Kennedy School|
Undergraduate Degree:Yale University
Areas of Interest:Crime and criminal justice, domestic violence issues
Mentor:Jerry Rappaport, Chairman of the Rappaport Charitable Foundation
Agency:Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety
Supervisor:Jane Wiseman, Executive Office for Public Safety
Project Description:Eileen provided policy recommendations to revamp the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety’s administration of the federal Edward Byrne Memorial State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance Program (Byrne Program). The Byrne Program focuses on violent and drug-related crime and serious offenders. It also focuses on fostering multi-jurisdictional and multi-state efforts to support national drug-control policies. Since then, each state has received an annual Byrne grant, ranging from less than $2 million to more than $50 million, depending on the size of the state, population, crime problems, and a host of other factors. The state’s Executive Office of Public Safety (EOPS) Programs Division, responsible for allocating the Byrne fund, parcels out approximately $10 million annually to the Commonwealth’s subgrantees. Eileen contacted similar program divisions in all 50 states and compiled information based upon the 19 state programs who sent responses regarding tracking progress and financial reporting.