FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                               OJP

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2001                                                                             202/307-0703

 

 

                   JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AWARDS STATES OVER $5 BILLION IN 2001

 

WASHINGTON, DC -- In Fiscal Year 2001, the Department of Justice (DOJ) awarded more than $5 billion to the states, the District of Columbia and the five territories to fight crime, promote public safety, prevent juvenile delinquency, equip and train emergency responders and assist crime victims.  DOJ’s first annual funding report highlights the funds provided to each state through the Department’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) and Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).

“The Justice Department is an active partner with state and local governments and non-profit agencies in making communities safe places to live and work,” said Attorney General John Ashcroft.  “This $5 billion demonstrates our solid commitment to these significant state and local efforts.”

Over $3.9 billion of the total went to law enforcement, by far the largest funding category.  $625 million went to juvenile justice programs, $464 million to victims’ programs, $98 million to substance abuse programs and nearly $59 million to community-based initiatives. The summary includes both large grants awarded by formula to the states and discretionary grants that are most often awarded on a competitive basis to non-profit or community agencies. Because many of the formula programs use population as a determining factor, heavily populated states (such as California, which received over $900 million last year) received more funding than

less populated states (like Wyoming, the recipient of just over $14 million).

The law enforcement category includes funding for a range of needs, from hiring police officers to training emergency first responders to purchasing equipment.  Juvenile justice funds include money for improving states’ juvenile justice systems, promoting delinquency prevention through programs such as mentoring and funding in areas as diverse as preventing child abuse and reducing gang violence.  The majority of funding for victims’ programs goes directly to the states to provide compensation and assistance for crime victims or to combat domestic violence. Substance abuse funds are used for prevention and drug treatment programs, including drug courts, while a large portion of community-based funding is provided through the neighborhood-focused Weed and Seed initiative.

“This report is a useful tool that allows state and local policymakers to see what federal resources are available within their states to promote public safety,” continued Ashcroft.  “They can then determine additional needs or tap into existing programs.”

A list of the total grant amounts awarded to each state is attached.  State points of contact and information about OJP and its programs is available on OJP’s Website at www.ojp.usdoj.gov or by calling the National Criminal Justice Reference Service at 1-800/851-3420.  The state funding reports are only available on OJP’s Website at www.ojp.usdoj.gov/fy2001grants.  Media should contact Linda Mansour in OJP’s Office of Congressional and Public Affairs on 202/616-3534.

 

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

OFFICE OF JUSTICE PROGRAMS AND

OFFICE OF COMMUNITY ORIENTED POLICING SERVICES

 

FY 2001 AWARDS BY STATE

 

STATE...........................AWARD AMOUNT

  

Alabama..........................$63,699,044

Alaska...........................$32,688,889

Arizona.........................$139,694,194

Arkansas.........................$38,515,951

California......................$901,483,241

Colorado.........................$74,325,874

Connecticut......................$53,455,618

   Delaware.........................$16,407,536

District of Columbia.............$87,395,857

Florida.........................$307,741,268

Georgia.........................$160,703,140

Hawaii...........................$21,761,057

Idaho............................$24,625,512

Illinois........................$212,030,182

Indiana..........................$65,591,699

Iowa.............................$36,387,524

Kansas...........................$37,619,377

Kentucky.........................$77,020,213

Louisiana........................$67,108,815

Maine............................$23,827,326

Maryland........................$122,194,889

Massachusetts...................$105,642,633

Michigan........................$113,279,534

Minnesota........................$66,497,865

Mississippi......................$37,860,387

Missouri.........................$82,590,518

Montana..........................$31,143,313

Nebraska.........................$27,795,272

Nevada...........................$61,728,818

New Hampshire....................$29,644,784

New Jersey......................$118,799,354

New Mexico.......................$48,393,772

New York........................$435,318,054

North Carolina...................$93,671,636

North Dakota.....................$17,889,163

Ohio............................$120,896,274

Oklahoma.........................$48,584,669

Oregon...........................$62,430,733

Pennsylvania....................$129,808,994

Rhode Island.....................$27,636,858

South Carolina...................$61,122,194

South Dakota.....................$29,532,791

Tennessee........................$76,705,375

Texas...........................$312,701,989

Utah.............................$49,042,994

Vermont..........................$20,751,225

Virginia........................$152,263,278

Washington......................$112,679,583

West Virginia....................$37,374,091

Wisconsin........................$74,305,693

Wyoming..........................$14,264,704

American Samoa....................$3,795,318

Guam..............................$6,993,100

Northern Mariana Islands..........$4,193,715

   Puerto Rico......................$33,148,009

Virgin Islands....................$7,022,852

TOTAL.........................$5,219,786,753

 

 

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