The Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs recently 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. As the year comes to an end, the DOJ will be boosting those grants for public safety programs in many cities across the country grappling with a dramatic rise in violent crime.
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 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 on December 20th. “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.” Justice Department officials say that even the federal government intends to provide funds to help local authorities deal with rising crime in a variety of ways.
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The Justice Assistance Grant 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, in 2022.
— Old Man Lefty (@OldManLefty1) December 28, 2021
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 Department of Justice has awarded more than $57 million in grants to organizations throughout Alaska in support of Victim Services, Public Safety and the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) initiative in fiscal year 2021. https://t.co/Dd22OEp7sO
— U.S. Attorney Alaska (@USAO_AK) December 27, 2021
Among the cities and their surrounding areas on the grants list: Chicago was awarded $2,407,095 and Seattle was awarded $771,127. Philadelphia is eligible for $1,499,662; Baltimore can receive $1,364,052; New York City is eligible for $4,095,916 and Los Angeles may collect $2,692,835.
The Department of Justice’s @OJPgov announced grant awards totaling over $37 million to support evidence-based law enforcement strategies designed to build trust with communities and improve public safety.
— Bureau of Justice Assistance (@DOJBJA) December 23, 2021
The grants follow a long period of unrest for many cities 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 San Francisco, Portland, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and New York City proposed cutting back on their police departments’ budgets to redirect the funds into other community programs.
AO is incredibly grateful to announce this grant award and for the opportunity to support and assist human trafficking victims in Ohio with direct housing assistance from the Department of Justice. Safe, permanent housing is the most critical piece for survivors. pic.twitter.com/ISELLlvB3y
— Advocating Opportunity (AO) (@AOAdvocate) December 21, 2021
The largest JAG state recipients include $19,447,453 to California’s Board of State and Community Corrections, $14,531,729 to the office for the Governor of Texas, and $10,886,155 to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.