Congressional appropriations committees have approved a plan to spend more than $180 million in discretionary funds for anticrime programs nationwide, says the National Criminal Justice Association, which represents state criminal justice agencies. The Justice Department is expected to issue details soon. State and local government agencies and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for the money. In recent years, this source of funds has been “earmarked” by Congress for specific programs. Some recipients of past earmarks still are expected to get grants under the new plan.
The criminal justice association says the money will be divided this way: $85 million for initiatives aimed at violent crime; $40 million for geneal anticrime projects; $25 million for support of the 2006 Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act; up to $12 million for fighting Internet crimes against children; $10 million for offender re-entry initiatives; and $10 million for law enforcement and youth crime prevention. The spending plan also details how funding will be spent under the federal juvenile justice and community oriented policing (COPS) programs. Of the $520 million in the current-year appropriation for COPS, $166 million is expected to be available for communications-system interoperability. Information about how to apply for the grants is expected to be posted on www.grants.gov within a few weeks.