Rep. Mollohan Ousted; Key Backer Of Federal Anticrime Aid


Federal anticrime programs have lost a major supporter in Congress. Fourteen-term Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-W.Va.), was defeated yesterday in a primary election, putting the future chairmanship of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies in doubt. Mollohan has been “a champion of research-based approaches to fighting crime,” said Laurie Robinson, Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs. Mollohan held a special series of hearings last year on prisoner re-entry and has shown strong interest in the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. He also fought off Bush administration efforts to cut federal aid for anticrime programs.

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