Criminal Justice Aid Doing Well In Federal Appropriations Bill


Criminal justice programs are faring well in the Justice Department appropriations bill being finalized by Congress for the fiscal year that began in October. A Senate-House conference committee is recommending $511 million for Byrne Justice Assistance grants to states and localities, similar to last year, $298 million for police hiring, which got nothing last year, and $41 million for the National Crime Victimization Survey, up from $26 million.

Among other major items in the bill, which is now being circulated pending floor votes in each house: $705 million for crime-victim-aid programs, up from $635 milliion last year; $100 million for Second Chance Act for prisoner re-entry programs, up from $25 million last year; $210 million for violence-against-women programs, up from $190 million, and $45 million for drug courts, up from $40 million.

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