Attorney General Merrick B. Garland today announced that the Justice Department will provide $ 1.6 billion in grants to support a wide range of programs designed to reduce violent crime and strengthen communities. The grants, which are distributed to communities and organizations across the country, are administered by the department’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP).
“The Department of Justice is committed to supporting our state and local partners in tackling crime across the country,” Attorney General Garland said. “This latest round of funding will provide critical public safety resources, helping public safety professionals, victim service providers, local agencies and nonprofits address these serious challenges.”
As law enforcement agencies tackle a range of public safety challenges – from violent crimes and human trafficking to retail theft – these rewards will provide additional tools to advance violence response activities and evidence-based policing and justice strategies. The funds are also intended to reduce recidivism, to help those released from prisons and prisons reintegrate into their communities, and to support responses to crises such as drug overdoses and episodes of mental illness. These grants build on previous investments by the OJP, including more than $ 1.2 billion to support victim assistance and compensation programs, $ 187 million under the State Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants Program, over $ 175 million in funding for victim services and public safety in Native Americans. and Alaska Native Communities, more than $ 21 million in hate crime grants and $ 17.5 million in Safe Neighborhoods Project grants. The PSC office also funded the hiring of more than 1,000 officers in 183 police departments this year.
Some of the awards address the increase in gun violence and other violent crime in communities across America, in line with the Biden-Harris administration’s pledge in April. These grants help support the ministry’s comprehensive strategy to reduce violent crime, announced in May, and will advance President Biden’s comprehensive strategy to prevent and respond to gun crime and ensure public safety, released in June.
“These investments reflect a commitment that spans this entire administration to investing in our neighborhoods, building civic trust, and ending the cycle of trauma and violence that destroys too many lives and prevents too many Americans. to realize their potential, ”said the senior vice president. Assistant Attorney General Amy L. Solomon of OJP.
A full list of awards, as they are created, will be available on the OJP Grant Awards page.
The Office of Justice Programs provides federal leadership, grants, training, technical assistance and other resources to enhance the country’s capacity to prevent and reduce crime, advance racial equity in administration justice, assist victims and strengthen the rule of law. You can find more information about OJP and its components at www.ojp.gov.