House, Senate Judiciary Leaders Seek More For Some Justice Grants

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House and Senate Judiciary committee leaders want more money than was requested by the Obama administration for some Justice Department grant programs, reports MainJustice.com. Congressional committees are required to comment to their chamber’s budget committee on how the president's budget request deals with the spending needs for programs under their jurisdiction.

Some of the programs cited: The House Judiciary Committee wants $683 million for the Office on Violence Against Women. DOJ is seeking $461 million. The House Judiciary Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) want $350 million for Juvenile Justice Accountability Block Grants to to help states to build up their juvenile justice programs. The DOJ requested $40 million. The House committee wants $950 million for SCAAP, which gives money to state and local governments that incarcerate criminal aliens. The DOJ request calls for $330 million. The House Judiciary Committee and Leahy want more than $300 million for programs to eliminate the backlog of DNA evidence awaiting lab tests. DOJ calls for $150 million. Leahy wants $1.047 billion for the COPS grant program to help state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies. The DOJ request calls for $730.3 million. Leahy wants $165 million for the Second Chance Act, the program that helps prisoners become successful members of their communities. The DOJ request calls for $100 million.

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