FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OJP

MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2001 202/307-0703

 

       JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AWARDS MORE THAN $58 MILLION IN GRANTS

  TO STATES FOR PRISON-BASED DRUG TREATMENT

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Grants, totaling more than $58 million to all 50 states and eligible territories to continue providing substance abuse treatment to offenders at state and local correctional facilities, have been awarded, the Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) announced today.  With these new grants, OJP’s Corrections Program Office has now provided more than $288 million to the states and territories since 1996 through the Residential Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) for State Prisoners program.  

In 1999, over 80 percent of all jail and state prison inmates have said that they previously used drugs, while 60 percent reported having regularly used drugs (with “regularly” defined as at least once a week for at least a month), according to the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics.

“The link between drugs and crime is clear and unmistakable,” said Attorney General John Ashcroft.  “As President Bush recently said, when offenders return to society drug-free they are 73 percent less likely to commit more crimes and return to prison and 44 percent less likely to use drugs again.  The Justice Department is committed to breaking the cycle of drugs and crime.”

States use RSAT funds to support individual or group drug treatment for offenders in residential facilities operated by state and local corrections agencies.  Each offender’s treatment program lasts between 6 and 12 months, during which time the offender is regularly tested for drugs.  The treatment facilities are set apart from other corrections facilities. RSAT-funded programs also work closely with community-based substance abuse treatment programs to ensure that offenders continue treatment after they are released, although RSAT funds cannot be used for aftercare.  

 In FY 2000, states and eligible territories received approximately $57.9 million in RSAT grants; in FY 1999, states and eligible territories received grants totaling $57.8 million; in FY 1998, states and eligible territories received approximately $59.3 million; in FY 1997, states and eligible territories received approximately $27.7 million; and in FY 1996, states and eligible territories received approximately $24.7 million.

A list of the FY 2001 RSAT awards each state received is attached.  More information about RSAT and other Corrections Program Office (CPO) programs is available on the CPO Web site at www.ojp.usdoj.gov/cpo and from the Justice Department Response Center at 

1-800/421-6770.

Information about other OJP bureaus and program offices is available at www.ojp.usdoj.gov.  Media should contact OJP’s Office of Congressional and Public Affairs at 202/307-0703.            


 

Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program

Fiscal Year 2001 State Formula Grants

 

  State.................Amount

 

   Alabama...............$1,169,458

   Alaska................$308,584

   Arizona...............$1,187,876

   Arkansas..............$652,406

   California............$6,211,950

   Colorado..............$825,344

   Connecticut...........$715,090

   Delaware..............$374,713

   District of Columbia..$470,138

   Florida...............$2,821,397

   Georgia...............$1,817,918

   Hawaii................$355,653

   Idaho.................$430,805

   Illinois..............$1,861,520

   Indiana...............$954,738

   Iowa..................$510,193

   Kansas................$551,436

   Kentucky..............$793,674

   Louisiana.............$1,494,777

   Maine.................$294,651

   Maryland..............$1,093,907

   Massachusetts.........$637,725

   Michigan..............$1,952,235

   Minnesota.............$458,309

   Mississippi...........$900,348

   Missouri..............$1,224,138

   Montana...............$342,743

   Nebraska..............$365,465

   Nevada................$592,856

   New Hampshire.........$314,244

   New Jersey............$1,362,318

   New Mexico............$424,122

   New York..............$2,838,814

   North Carolina........$1,363,284

   North Dakota..........$268,788

   Ohio..................$1,935,027

   Oklahoma..............$1,068,587

   Oregon................$607,083

   Pennsylvania..........$1,563,411

   Rhode Island..........$303,355

   South Carolina........$1,037,673

   South Dakota..........$325,759

   Tennessee.............$1,051,974

   Texas.................$6,173,359

   Utah..................$430,274

   Vermont...............$279,757

   Virginia..............$1,318,864

   Washington............$766,808

   West Virginia.........$370,430

   Wisconsin.............$988,119

   Wyoming...............$294,891

 

   Territory................Amount

 

   American Samoa...........$235,722

   Guam.....................$242,771

   Northern Mariana Islands.$233,834

   Puerto Rico..............$666,228

   Virgin Islands...........$240,499

 

                Total:    $58,076,042

 

 

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