U.S. Attorney Announces Nearly $60 Million In Grants Available

U.S. Attorney Announces Nearly $60 Million In Grants Available To Support Prisoners’ Successful Reentry Into Their Communities

(STL.News) – U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez today announced that nearly $60 million in Department of Justice grants is available to help communities address public safety by supporting successful reentry of adult and juvenile offenders into their communities.

“Our nation is facing difficult public safety challenges that demand strong and immediate action.  The high rate of recidivism poses a dire threat to community safety and is being met with a robust response by this Administration,” said Katharine T. Sullivan, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs.  “The Department of Justice is front and center in the fight to meet this persistent challenge.  OJP is making historic amounts of grant funding available to ensure that our communities have access to innovative and diverse solutions.”

“For more than a decade, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida has collaborated with communities, courts, law enforcement, service providers and others, to combat recidivism,” said U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez.  “While a large part of our job involves the prosecution of individuals who break the law, justice requires that we balance the debt paid on past offenses with opportunities to succeed in the future.”

The funding is available through OJP, the federal government’s leading source of public safety funding and crime victim assistance in state, local and tribal jurisdictions.  OJP’s programs support a wide array of activities and services, including adult and juvenile reentry initiatives and research projects designed to improve our knowledge of what works in reentry programming.