WASHINGTON, D.C. – 3 February 2005 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network …

WASHINGTON, D.C. – 3 February 2005 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – The Department of Justice invested more than $3.7 billion in targeted assistance to states and communities nationwide in fiscal year 2004, Acting Assistant Attorney General Tracy Henke, of the Department’s Office of Justice Programs, announced today. The assistance to states and localities was provided for a variety of criminal justice activities that prevent or reduce crime, assist crime victims, target juvenile crime and drug abuse, assist communities, and improve the criminal justice system.

“By working together with the men and women of law enforcement in our states and communities, we have achieved an historic level of safety and security for all Americans,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Henke. “These targeted investments in fighting crime are making a difference by safeguarding communities, administering justice, and caring for victims of crime.”

The Department’s funding for law enforcement represented the largest category of investment, at $2.46 billion, followed by $739 million for victims of crime. Other funding categories included more than $409 million for juvenile justice, over $57.9 million for community-based assistance, and $33 million for substance abuse initiatives.

Law Enforcement

Sixty-six percent, or $2.46 billion, of the total amount was awarded for law enforcement initiatives such as the hiring and training of police officers, training emergency first responders, and purchasing equipment. Funds awarded by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) are included in this category. The COPS Office awards grants to advance community policing in jurisdictions across the nation.

Support for Victims of Crime

More than $739 million was awarded to support services for crime victims. The Office for Victims of Crime and the Office on Violence Against Women awarded the majority of funding for crime victims directly to states, to provide compensation and assistance for crime victims and to combat domestic violence and sexual assault.

Juvenile Justice

Juvenile justice activities were awarded more than $409 million for a wide range of programs, including delinquency prevention programs that promote mentoring and working to reduce gang violence.

Community Assistance Through Weed and Seed

A large part of the community-based funding-$57.9 million-was provided through the Weed and Seed initiative. Weed and Seed is a strategy that aims to prevent, control and reduce violent crime, drug abuse and gang activity in targeted high-crime neighborhoods.

Substance Abuse

More than $33 million was targeted to reduce substance abuse. Funds were awarded for interdiction and enforcement efforts, as well as prevention and drug treatment programs, including drug courts.

A table listing the total grant amounts awarded to each state is attached. The complete list of grant funding, categorized by state, city, project title, and grantee is available in a report online at www.ojp.usdoj.gov/fy2004grants .

Because many of the larger grants are awarded to states based on population (formula grants), heavily populated states received more funding than less populated states. Additionally, the funding report includes discretionary grants that are awarded competitively to communities or non-profit agencies, including faith-based organizations.

OJP provides federal leadership in developing the nation’s capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice, and assist crime victims. OJP is headed by an Assistant Attorney General and comprises five component bureaus and two offices: the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the Office for Victims of Crime, as well as the Office of the Police Corps and Law Enforcement Education, and the Community Capacity Development Office, which incorporates the Weed and Seed initiative.
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