State to receive grants
BATON ROUGE – The state of Louisiana will be receiving $21 million in Recovery Act Grants from the federal government.
The money will be used to continue programs to impact drug and violent crime problems across the state; address recidivism by strengthening prevention of crime and drug abuse intervention, treatment, and rehabilitation; provide specialized law enforcement training; and enhancing forensic laboratories.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced yesterday that more than $424 million in Recovery Act funds will go to twenty states, territories and the District of Columbia to maintain or increase public safety, while creating or retaining jobs within the law enforcement community. These Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program funds are part of more than $4 billion in Justice Department Recovery Act funds available to assist state, local and tribal law enforcement and for other criminal justice activities that help to prevent crime and improve the criminal justice system in the United States while supporting the creation of jobs and much needed resources for states and local communities.
All applicants named job creation and retention as their top priority, and states plans include funding for a variety of justice related projects such as support for drug and gang task force activities, expansion of domestic violence shelter staffs, funding for community crime prevention and treatment programs, purchase of updated equipment, and retention and creation of criminal justice-related jobs in areas such as drug courts, correctional facilities, community crime prevention, and crime victim and witness programs.
“By addressing state’s economic challenges while simultaneously meeting their public safety priorities, these funds represent the best of what the Recovery Act can do for our communities,” Attorney General Eric Holder said. “This vital funding will help fight crime and build safer communities, and we look forward to continued work with state and local governments to address these criminal justice goals.”