Monday, December 27, 2021

DOJ Boosts Funds To Cities To Battle Rise In Crime

The Justice Department (DOJ) is closing out the year with a surge in Grants for Public Safety programs in Cities across the Country, including many grappling with a dramatic rise in Violent Crime.

In recent days, the DOJ's Office of Justice Programs announced that Hundreds of Communities and Organizations are being Awarded or are Eligible to receive a slice of $1.6 Billion in Grant Awards to support a wide range of programs designed to Reduce Violent Crime.

"The Department of Justice is committed to supporting our state and local partners to combat crime across the country," Attorney General Merrick Garland said in a Statement. "This latest round of funding will deliver critical public safety resources, helping public safety professionals, victim service providers, local agencies and nonprofit organizations confront these serious challenges."

Among those Grants for fiscal year 2021, the Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) program will share more than $271.9 Million, $187 Million to 56 State Law Enforcement Agencies, and over $84.9 Million to more than 900 Cities and Counties. The Budget for the JAG program increased from fiscal year 2020 where $235 Million was Awarded.

The JAG Funds can be used to support a broad range of Activities and Fund programs or initiatives that may include "multijurisdictional drug and gang task forces, crime prevention and domestic violence programs, courts, corrections, treatment, justice information sharing initiatives, or other programs aimed at reducing crime and/or enhancing public/officer safety," according to the Program's Description.

The Grants follow a tumultuous period for Cities, many of which struggled with Protests last year in the wake of the Murder of George Floyd.

In response to the Protests, Lawmakers in some Cities like: Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York City, and San Francisco, proposed Cutting back on their Police Departments' Budgets to redirect the Funds into other Community Programs.

DOJ Officials say that even the Federal Government intends to provide Funds to help Local Authorities deal with Rising Crime in a variety of ways.

Among the Cities and their surrounding areas on the Grants List:

- Baltimore can receive $1,364,052.

- Chicago was awarded $2,407,095.

- Los Angeles may collect $2,692,835.

- Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, is eligible for $922,735.

- Minneapolis, in Hennepin County, where Four former Police Officers were Charged in connection to Floyd's Murder, and ex-Cop Kim Potter was recently Convicted for causing the death of Daunte Wright, were awarded $590,659.

- New York City is eligible for $4,095,916.

- Philadelphia is eligible for $1,499,662.

- San Francisco County can receive $460,341.

- Seattle was Awarded $771,127.

The Largest JAG State Recipients include:

- $19,447,453 to California's Board of State and Community Corrections.

- $10,886,155 to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

- $14,531,729 to the Office for the Governor of Texas.

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