Justice Department Stresses Fair Competition In Anticrime Grants


The Obama administration is much more transparent than was the Bush administration about disclosing where the billions of dollars on grants to criminal justice agencies are going, reports National Public Radio. Some previous grant recipients are unhappy about the open process. Laurie Robinson, Assistant Attorney General for Justice Programs, tells NPR, “I’ve really laid down the law about the importance of competing grants so that we ensure that people who are interested in applying for grants from the Department of Justice all have an equal chance.”

Robinson tells applicants who were used to getting grants year after year almost automatically that “it’s a new era.” Discussing new priorities in the Obama administration, Robinson cited $100 million allocated for prisoner re-entry programs and an emphasis on anticrime programs that have scientifically-validated results.

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